Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Who Played It Best? VITO CORLEONE

WHO PLAYED IT BEST?

VITO CORLEONE

I have already written hundreds and hundreds of words on “The Godfather” and it is one of those movies where I feel not much else needs to be said. The film is hailed as a classic, it always has been hailed as a classic and it will always be hailed as a classic. I have no problem with that, despite personaly feeling that there are better gangster movies out there. That doesn’t mean I can’t see how the film is cinematically important, or how it has shaped the way we make gangster films. Of course I can see why it is so popular and so culturally sound. Part of the reason why the series works is due to the journey Vito takes. In just two films we learn a lifetime about the guy, including that his infamous last name is not really is true last name. “The Godfather” would not be the memorable if it were not for Vito Corleone, and we saw young Vito Corleone played Robert De Niro and old Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando. So I wonder who you liked better.

My Two Cents
This is a tough decision, when we meet both old and young Corelone in their respected films, they are at different points in their lives. The young Vito is ambitious, cunning and revenge-driven. The old Vito is relaxed, wise, and powerful. Each actor approaches the written characters in a much different way. This could sway your opinion one way or it can make it hard to even decide. I will say that I was impressed by how De Niro became a young Vito and I could definitely tell that there were even moments in Part II where I felt De Niro was channeling Brando. However, De Niro would have never had anything to channel if it weren’t for Brando. There is a way Brando elevates every scene in the film and he is hypnotic from start to finish. With such visual thunder, it is hard for me not to give the edge to Brando.

Please email me (bloggershawn@gmail.com) by next Wednesday to let me know your vote for your favorite Vito Corleone actor. Or you can sound off in the comment section.

LAST WEEK: WHO PLAYED IT BEST? JOHN SHAFT
Last week, a rather cool cop was up for examination for our “Who Played It Best?” Here are the results for last week’s John Shaft.

Richard Roundtree

GET YOUR VOTES BY NEXT WEDNESDAY SO THAT WE CAN FIGURE OUT THE BEST VITO CORLEONE.

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