I'm sure the first thought for some of you is HOW?!?! How have I never seen this, I'm part Sicilian!! But THAT'S WHY. My family banned this one movie (okay, trilogy) from me hard (I was allowed to watch horror and general violence...but nothing mob related *LOL*) and you know what, I understand why. If I'd seen this at 12 I for sure would've tried to either be a little kingpin myself, or date one. Either way it'd have been really bad. ;)
Oof. Look...at Al Pacino. I didn't know how crazy handsome he was o_O I just didn't know!! I'd have rushed to see these sooner if I'd known. ;)
In all seriousness, it's a perfect story and film. Just perfect. I spent the first 28 minutes with tears running down my face because it made me miss my grandma so. Much. It's just so authentic, to say they did their research is an understatement. They are Sicilian Catholics and it was just too much at times... I will even admit it made me miss church (the family and community aspect of it). Just so many flashbacks.
The music, the MEN'S OUTFITS, omg. The women all looked drab as hell but the men... *chef's kiss* '40s/'50s fashion did men RIGHT. I know he's going to kill me but I've been searching for suspenders for Scott. ;) Just...UNF.
I loved it from start to finish, and it didn't even feel long.
So the first one is perfection, and the second one is REALLY good, too. I loved it but slightly less than the first. De Niro was fantastic, as always. *nods*
...And then, we saw the third one.
What the hell!? Vinny and Mary... *gagging and dying* WHY. We did not care for the third one (talk about a mood killer... Oi). It was made like 16 years after the first one and didn't have any of the magic of the first two. Just felt totally tacked on and unnecessary.
So go ahead and laugh at me for only seeing these now o_O but honestly, I'm glad I saw them at 36 and not 16; there's no way I could've appreciated it the way I do now.
If you're a film lover in general I really recommend the first one, but I'm sure you've all seen it already. ;)