Blowhard, Esq. writes:
When I was a kid, lo these many years ago, “The Godfather” was the go-to guy movie. One of the cable stations (I think it was A&E?) played “The Godfather Saga” regularly. My friend’s father seemed to have it constantly in the VCR. I clearly recall a Playboy playmate saying in her centerfold data sheet “Can you ever watch ‘The Godfather’ too much?” to signal to the boys how cool she was.
But “Goodfellas” seems to have overtaken”The Godfather” as the top guy movie and, apparently, even “Casino” is pulling past Coppola’s mob drama. A couple of comments from a recent”Godfather” v. “Casino” thread:
- “I know The Godfather is great and we can never say anything is better than it ever. But Casino is better.”
- “I just watched The Godfather for the first time about 2 years ago. It’s well acted and all, but I found it boring as fuck.”
- “I’ve never fallen asleep during Casino. You’re right. Fuck it. Casino > The Godfather.”
Whoa, wait — what? People think not just that “Casino” is better than “Godfather”, but that the latter is boring? After a highly unscientific Google search, I was surprised to learn that, yeah, a lot of people think it’s a big bore:
- Why is “The Godfather” considered such a perfect film? “Everybody I’ve spoken to, and every review I’ve seen, praises the living fuck out of the Godfather for every single aspect of it. Nobody can seem to find anything wrong with it at all. But I’ve found one problem with it: It’s BORING!“
- Why is “The Godfather” so highly acclaimed? “However the Godfather 1 and 2 left me bored to tears. …The whole thing feels like an unrealistic soap opera, yet it is acclaimed as one of the greatest movies not just in the genre, but of all time. Can someone explain to me what I’m missing?”
- Is It Just Me, Or Is The Godfather Overrated? “I was sure I’d be treated to a cinematic tour de force, that I’d never look upon film in the same way again, and that I’d be totally enraptured by the intricacies and relationships of the Corleone family. Instead, I found myself bored, clock-watching, and wishing I was in front of a documentary about holidaying teenagers on BBC Three instead. …What’s perhaps the most frustrating thing is that the basis for a brilliant film is there.”
- The Godfather: The most boring film ever made. “I mean, let’s face it, it has nothing to do with reality. It moves slowly, almost no action, and the drama that is there……is so artificial that it’s not worth the time by a longshot. And oh, the time… The first one is 175 minutes of pure bore, the other not far off.”
Tastes and sensibilities change, I guess. Just another example of how out of touch I am with current movie culture.