Dedicated film fiend for over 50 years. I like them still, cool and mildly off putting.
The story of the making of one of the greatest of all films in American cinema "The Godfather" has been told many times before by most of the production and acting teams involved, so the 'new' angle this 10 hour dramedy takes - that of producer Al Ruddy's particular perspective on the events behind the scenes and how they unfolded, does not really bring any new information to what went down with Coppola, Studio boss Bob Evans, Mario Puzo and…
Here's the issue....the editing, lighting and blocking/direction are utterly dreadful. Most of the performances are horrendous (but that surely is because the Direction was so utterly focused on the word 'big' and 'all-that!')
And yet, the actual progression of narrative (ie, the storyline) is very compact and forthright.
The MOVIE STARS deliver as best as they are able.
AND, most crucially, the music TOTALLY owns every scene.
The film itself is ONE STAR but with those songs, and that terrible…