Before I delve any deeper into the world of film reviews, I have a confession to make. I suffer from a weird condition called prosopagnosia – otherwise known as face blindness. This means I have trouble recognising people (often until I have met them several times) and also provides a decent – if fairly true – excuse for blanking fellow parents in the school playground.
Fun fact – I once struggled to pick my own child out of a crowd of about 10 children at school. It is an especial cruelty to make children wear school uniform for parents with prosopagnosia.
An understandable side effect of this condition is difficulty following movie plots; if I’m watching a thriller, I have no chance of working out “who dunnit” if there is more than one man with a beard.
On the plus side, it’s more likely I might get away with cheating on TheBloke (TM) if I can reasonably claim I thought it probably was him. I have made a note of this for future use.
When watching movies, I can recognise voices easily, and clothes are also another way I recognise characters.
Anyway, I feel I have typed quite a lot without actually mentioning the movie. The Godfather. Now, I would go as far to say that this is not an ideal movie to watch if you have face blindness.
Firstly, every single main character is male. And has black hair. And wears a suit. So, it would be fair to say that a lot of the time, I didn’t have a clue which one was Freddo or Sonny or Frodo or Gandalf. (I’m also bad with names.)
Other than that, it was an utterly baffling movie about a man who commits a couple of murders and gets a black eye. Then he leaves his girlfriend, goes to Siciliy, finds a new girlfriend, gets married, gets her blown up all before his black eye has even healed. I mean, say what you like about the Mafia, but they get shit done quickly.
The most dramatic point of the movie was when an abused wife was being tortured by her husband, and she called her brother (Gandalf, I think) for help. He was ambushed and killed on the way to help her. Her dramatic purpose having been served, no further attention was paid to the lady and her abusive marriage. It was absolutely mental.
The Godfather is a dreadful movie about abusive men, all of whom have the same face. Avoid.