Saturday, February 12, 2011
THE BLACK GODFATHER (1974)
Bottom of the barrel as far as blaxploitation flicks go. This movie doesn't really have much going for it. It's really just a shitty, low-budget, funky version of THE GODFATHER which came out a few years before this. It probably wouldn't look so bad but compared to all the other amazing black films from this era it pales greatly. You get some car chases, shootouts, some lady kung fu and a whole lot of urban drama but, to me, one of the main problems is the really generic sounding soundtrack. Films like this need that extra something that a Curtis Mayfield or a Willie Hutch add to the experience. Watch SUPER FLY or THE MACK or even THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHER for a much better overall time.
The boom microphone should have gotten a co-starring credit. He even shows up in the trailer: