March 21, 2013
The Legacy of Michael Corleone
Have you ever heard someone say that the book is always better than the movie? Most avid readers hold this belief to be indubitably true. In most cases, the differences between the book and the movie are minute. However, one movie series based on a book has three astronomical differences that change the entire message conveyed by the writer. Even though said franchise is considered a cult classic and has been ranked number three on AFI’s (American Film Institute) top one-hundred films list for the last fifteen years, not many have actually read the book that the franchise is based upon. The film franchise I refer to is of course, The Godfather trilogy.
On the long list of books made into movies The Godfather stands as a shining example of the right way to do it. When The Godfather debuted in 1972 it was an instant classic. Based off of Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather coupled with actors like Marlon Brando (Don Corleone) and Al Pacino (Michael Corleone) it was as if Don Corleone himself had been resurrected to direct the film. Hitting most of the key scenes from the movie and going into great detail was no easy task but was well worth the time and effort.
However, like all movies based on books it had its flaws. The first of which occurred within the first minutes of the film. During the opening scene of the film Don Corleone is shown conversing with various guests in his office on the day of his daughter’s wedding. It is explained that a Sicilian cannot refuse any request made of him on the day of his daughter’s wedding. In the film a baker comes to Don Corleone in need of assistance, the baker proceeds to explain that his daughter has fallen in love with a young man who works at his bakery but that he will soon be deported if he cannot find a legitimate job in the United States and asks Don Corleone for help. The Godfather honors his request and arranges his soon...