I'll start off by saying I love movies. I love almost every kind of movie (but I don't care for most musicals and horror films).
Many people consider The Godfather and its first sequel, The Godfather Part II, to be two of the greatest films ever made. Two of the greatest mob movies at the very least.
There's no disputing that they set the bar for mob movies and have been emulated by other works ever since. Without The Godfather there would be no Goodfellas, Casino or even the comedy/parody Analyze This. It was almost certainly the first movie to cast the mob family in a sympathetic light and to characterize the relationships between the mobsters with some depth. I won't deny The Godfather is, at this point, culturally significant in the English-speaking world.
However, I think the first and second movies are horrendously boring. They plod along from scene to scene spending far too much time on what Coppola thought were supremely clever nuances, the dialogue is mostly slow and muddled and what isn't muddled feels processed into prepackaged catchphrases ("We'll make him an offer he can't refuse," "Leave the gun, take the cannoli," "[he] sleeps with the fishes," "MAWNDAY, TOOSDAY, THURSDAY, WEDNESDAY," etc.).
I'm willing to accept that my view is coloured by preconceived notions of what the movie is about. So many of the scenes have been copied, homaged and parodied that little of it felt 'new' or thrilling in any way. Had I seen them when they came out I might have become enthralled with them instead of bored by them.
Some may have noticed I haven't referenced Part III at all. I'm not going to lie: after forcing myself to endure Part II I just didn't bother with the last one.
So, what do you think? I look forward to your opinions whether you concur with me or not.
(And I realize this is a discussion probably meant for "Arts & Entertainment" but frankly that subforum gets so little traffic I think it's where threads go to die.)