Canton Palace Theatre Shows The Godfather: Yes, It is That Good!
by Garrett Graber
As part of their Summer Movie Series, the Canton Palace Theatre is showing Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece The Godfather on June 24th at 6PM and The Godfather, Part II on June 25th at 6PM. Doors open at 5:30 and admission is only $5.
Following Michael Corleone’s rise to power as he takes over his father’s criminal empire, The Godfather left audiences and critics in awe in 1972. Forty-four years later it is still considered by many critics as the greatest film of all time.
And yes, years later it still holds up. Coppola is a master behind the camera and somehow incorporates masterful storytelling with pure cinematic beauty. Everything fits. From Nino Rita’s chilling soundtrack to the tiny nuances in Gordon Willis’s cinematography. For example, in a scene with Don Vito Corleone the camera will slowly follow the character while holding a wide shot of everyone in the room. This reinforces the fact that Don Vito is a powerful, and feared character that demands everybody else in the room (including the audience’s) attention.
While recent series like Breaking Bad have perhaps perfected the nice guy turned criminal narrative, this would have perhaps not been possible without Michael Corleone. The film from a visual standpoint is beautiful, yes, but what will keep you engrossed is the story. Michael Corleone’s transition to head of his father’s criminal empire will keep you captivated the entire three hours of movie. Michael is complex, and while psychologically complex gangsters (take Tony Soprano for example) have been done time and time again in different films and TV shows, Michael’s is still a story that needs to be told. His love and devotion to family is touching, and almost rivals his love of power. Once a family outsider that distanced himself from the mafia life, the way he assumes the role of Don naturally and ruthlessly makes for one of the most intriguing character studies perhaps in all of crime drama. This amount of character development for a criminal was unprecedented for its time and continues to be a plot worth revisiting.
Whether you’re die hard film buff or just want to see it to say you did, The Godfather is a must see. And yes, it is very much worth the hype. This is a movie you won’t want to miss on the big screen. For more information on the Summer Movie Series, you can visit cantonpalacetheatre.org or call 330-454-8172.