Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Movie Review: The Godfather - Part 1

The Godfather – Part 1 (1972)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writers: Mario Puzo (novel)
Release Date: 24 March 1972 (USA)
Genre: Drama | Thriller


Marlon Brando Don Vito Corleone

Al Pacino Michael Corleone

James Caan Santino 'Sonny' Corleone

Richard S. Castellano Peter Clemenza,

Robert Duvall Tom Hagen

This supposed to be the best movie made ever and after watching the movie I won’t disagree. I wanted to see this movie for so long as every time any gangster movie releases, people say it has been inspired by “Godfather”. But somehow or other I couldn’t watch it till today. What trigger me to go fetch this DVD from library is hindi movie “Sarkar” which is brilliantly enacted by Amirabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan. And it is said that “Sarkar” is heavily inspired by “Godfather”. So I thought if inspired movie is so good then the original has to be outstanding and I can say after watching this movie it is outstanding and brilliant movie made ever.

What makes this movie the best is brilliant script, brilliant direction and above all perfect casting. Each and every actor outperformed his role. I was watching this movie after 36 years after it released. But it still feels so fresh and contemporary. After watching this movie I realized that almost every gangster movie I watched has been inspired by “Godfather” some way or the other. So it can be said as a bible for gangster movie.

I don’t whats up with these gagster movies which we love, we know whatever they are doing is illegal, wrong not ethical but we still get involved in these movies. And above all we start liking these characters. I think what we like is the Power or Control these people posses there arrogance is attractive for people. Everyone of us secretly has a desire to posses a power to control whole world. That’s what this movie shows the main character Don Vito Carleone posses the power and contacts. There are people to catch every word out of his mouth. He controls people around him like puppet. And that’s why movie poster has puppet strings.

This movie is a story of a Don for whom most important things are control and his family. It is a story of falling of Don Vito Carleon and emerging of his son as Don which he never expected or wanted to be in his business. The movie is about his rivalry with other families (read gang). He don’t take money for favors he does for people he want there loyalty for him. It is a story of a Don who even though mafia king works on ethics, his refusal to get involve in drugs even though it involve big money or dire consequences otherwise. He chose other option and so if other family wants to do the drugs Don Carleone has to die. And that’s what other family tries, they attack him. And this trying time Don’e youngest son has to get involve in the family business to save his father although he was reluctant to get involve earlier.

Every scene and all the actor is brilliant in this movie but highlights of it is acting of Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. Then there is scene in which right hand of Don carleon is strangled is outstanding. And with so lively expressions. And there are some dialogues which can not be forgotten ever, like “I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse” and “It's not personal. This is business”.

All I can say in the end is Don’t miss this movie. I am going to fetch the DVD of other two parts as soon as possible. As for Rating for this movie it gets 10/10.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Movies to watch before you die - I

Hey this is the list of movies everyone must and must watch, it is not necessarily in order I like.

1. Anand(1970)- (Hindi)

Director: Hrishkesh Mukherjee

Producer: N.C. Sippy

Starring: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan

Wonderful movie, touches your heart, makes you cry, make you laugh, teach you to love your life and enjoy every moment of it. Timeless music by Salil Choudhary

2. Jo Jita Wahi Sikandar(1992)- Hindi

Director: Mansoor Khan

Producer: Naseer Hussain

Starring: Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka

One of the first bollywood movie on sports, and school rivalry, amazing songs best climax any movie can have. And very good title for movie. Song Pahla Nasha express exact feeling when you are in love for first time and you can feel it while listening the song and feel like you are in love.

3. The Butterfly Effect (2004) – (English)

Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

What to say a marvelous movie well thought, well planned, well directed and well performed.

4. Dangerous Minds(1995) – (English)

Director: John N. Smith

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer

Just watch it and you never realize when you get involved in story.

5. Samna(1974) – (Marathi)

Director: Jabbar Patel

Writer: Vijay Tendulkar

Starring: Dr. Shriram Lagu, Nilu Phule, Mohan Aagashe

A masterpiece…

6. Golmaal(1979) – (Hindi)

Director: Hrishkesh Mukherjee

Starring: Amol Palekar

A light hearted comedy, wind up after hectic week and get relax.

7. Hera Pheri(2000) – (Hindi)

Director: Priyadarshan

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Sunil Shetty, Tabbu

Laugh your heart out, paresh rawal in performance of his lifetime.

8. Jab We Met(2007) – (Hindi)

Director: Imtiaz Ali

Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor

New age bollywood lovestory. Excellent script and dialogues.

9. Jane Tu Ya Jane Na (2008) – (Hindi)

Director: Abbas Tyrewala

Producer: Aamir Khan

Starring: Imran Khan, Genelia D’souza

Again new age bollywood lovestory…

10. Rang De Basanti (2006) – (Hindi)

Director: Rakesh Omprakash Mehra

Starring: Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, Atu Kulkarni

Youth centric and patriotic movie. Every Indian who feels strogly about India must watch it.

(This is not end of the list many more to come, if you have anything to add up visit next time for some more when you finished watching these….)