Coppola's legendary crime thriller is epic in proportion. The film almost feels like a Rembrandt painting with low lighting and intimate scenes in wide-angle lenses. Marlon Brando, Al Pachino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall; it is the dream ensemble. In fact, it is the ensemble that created the dream ensemble.
For my taste, I prefer a Scorsese crime drama however, I adored the Irishman for it's slowed down pace and cold tone. At times, I could see this coming through in The Godfather but it was regularly overshadowed by Coppola's insistence on realism.