Movies are movies because they entertain, but there is a lot more that goes into a good film than just entertainment value. It takes the right mix of technical elements to make a movie truly great. Whether that be through lighting, camera angles, the use of color, or even sound effects. These elements are what make movies more than just a series of images, and are what makes some movies stand the test of time.
The way that people feel about a movie also plays into what makes it a good one. A lot of times you will hear someone state that they enjoyed a movie because it had a good plot or story. What they are really stating is that they enjoyed watching the characters and all the problems/conflict they got into.
In a world that is so obsessed with the “good vs. evil” idea of conflict, it is rare for a film to exist that portrays a character as grey in this area. This is what made Casablanca a unique film, and why it still stands the test of time.
Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel is a movie that lives up to the high praise that it receives. It is a classic, and a movie that will always be remembered as one of the best of all time. It was this movie that gave us the cotton-cheeked mob boss that is Marlon Brando, and helped to define the action genre.