When The Godfather showed up on Netflix a few months ago, I slotted it into the watchlist and played it when I could. I found myself watching pockets of about 20-45mins at a time and the movie has some candid elements to it that way. Sonny’s assassination was the last part I watched one night and it gave me chills all day thinking that, for some, it could be that brutal of a life and did family actually know your true self and loves. Seeing Michael broken when Apollonia is killed gives you so much more meaning to the way you view your wife. But of course, with all re-watches, there are things that seem a bit different from the first time around, especially with kids in the house. Some of my observations:
- Time heals and conceals. I had both forgotten the violence of the movie and the prostitution culture that is being shown. I have to be mindful what the children might see or hear at times and this movie might be tame by today’s standards but it still has its moments.
- Stopping and starting the original two movies gives you time to think. Michael and Sonny are completely different kinds of Dons but they are raised by the same Godfather.
- Best laid plans can be ruined and reborn by life. Michael was supposed to be the legitimate son, war hero, and future Senator of NY but the death of Sonny and attempt on Vito throws all of those plans out and a future to build Las Vegas and Havana is rolled into being.
- Leadership is in the eye of the beholder. The movie might be about the mafia but it is not a glorification of violence. Also, all the choices one makes have consequences. FastCompany has a great write-up by the CEO and founder of Axcient, Justin Moore.