Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Godfather: Part III
All the power on earth can't change destiny.
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don Michael Corleone seeks forgiveness for his sins while taking a young protege under his wing.
It's like watching DaVinci piss over the Mona Lisa really.
Watching The Godfather: Part III is painful, all the more so because despite the fact that it's so mediocre, there are enough tantalizing glimpses of greatness in it that I can't help but be all the more disappointed with the film.
The look of the film is just right. It's not quite as dark as the previous two installments, but it's just as rich in detail and color. And the music score is still there, accompanied by several familiar faces, both of which made me feel, however momentarily, that I was indeed watching the third part of one of the greatest American epics ever made.
There are several moments of poignancy, most of which come when the new cast is…
I concluded my Godfather Easter Marathon last night around the stroke of midnight. I held off on writing a review because i was tired and I had to take a break from Corleones and killings. I even watched Lincoln on BluRay for the first time since seeing it theaters. And after THAT little break I watched The Godfather Part III for the first time since I vowed to never watch it again unless I had to.
I always say that the Godfather trilogy is one of the most "marathonable" series ever, but when I say that, usually including Part III is optional. Now I'm not going to be one of "those guys" who sits here and shits on the movie…
Just imagine Francis Ford Coppola doing that to every single one of his "Godfather" fans.
You Broke My Heart, Francis.
AL PACINO GOD!!!!!
8/10: The conclusion of an epic trilogy. The entire trilogy spanned 3 generations and depicts the whole cycle, death of a Godfather and rise of a new Godfather. For me, it's really a family (literally) oriented movie. Learned a few lessons about family myself.
Really nowhere near as bad as I'd heard (other than Sofia Coppola's acting) -- pretty good, in all actuality.
It's true that we judge this movie too quickly by what it isn't--which is to say the first two parts. But it still defines itself by what it isn't--which is to say an earlier draft where being "pulled back in" had more to do with old ghosts than Catholic financial conspiracies. If a Godfather movie cannot have Tom Hagen, then his son must play a role that reminds Michael of his own cruelty, not just an empty Church icon that conveniently tosses him a place in the climax. Coppola understood this, I think, but he couldn't write/work himself out of production/actorly drama like he could with Part II--or at least not at the magnitude of grief that said drama was…
And then they went full-Hollywood.
Over-the-top (or severely underwhelming) performances and an artificial plot make this movie a poor follow-up to the preceding masterpieces. But, it's not without its enjoyable aspects. Pacino is as good as ever, and his personal struggles pull us in. I loved seeing his near-reconciliation with Diane Keaton from the first movie. That scene alone is worth the price of admission.
It's worth watching. Just don't expect much.
A case of diminishing returns, but still a solid story: Michael Corleone in his later years is trying to stay legit by going into business with the church, but a new breed of gangster with ties to the church threatens to force him back into a life of crime. Good thing nephew Vicenzo (Garcia) is in town to take care of the dirty business. Al Pacino is absolutely magnificent, now portraying Corleone as a remorseful character afflicted by poor health, but the new generation of cast members cannot keep up. Garcia is credible enough, but Sofia Coppola does not have the acting experience for this type of movie. Sadly, blatant nepotism. Francis Coppola and Mario Puzo's screenplay does not feel as tight as previous iterations, but the film ends with a memorably dramatic shock. Very effective, dramatic score by Carmine Coppola, which incorporates Nino Rota's beautiful themes.
Note to self: stop eating oranges.
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