I watched a DVD over the weekend. First time I’d ever seen this film. Obscure little flick, you’ve probably never heard of it. What was it called, again? Oh God! Book II or Grandma’s Boy or something?
Oh, that’s right: The Godfather. Little known fact: the movie stars Marlon Brando, before he hit the big time by appearing in The Island of Dr. Moreau.
So, yeah: my first time seeing it. And I’m pleased to report that it holds up just fine, even after 30 years of imitation mob movies and television shows. In fact, I’d call it one of my favorites … were it not for one niggling little detail that worried away at the back of my mind for the duration of the film. You see, I’d never really seen young Al Pacino or young James Caan before. And, regrettable, I could not get over how similar they looked to Matthew Broderick and Will Ferrell.
I spent the entire film trying to reconcile the fact that New York’s most ruthless and bloodthirsty Mafia family was being run by Ferris Bueller and Buddy the Elf.