Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Al Pacino, Andy García, Diane Keaton, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, Bridget Fonda
It has been confirmed that on December 8, 2020, a new version of this film will be released. Titled Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Coda: The death of Michael Corleone I can’t wait to see this version since it will be the true and original vision both Mario and Francis had for the film. it appears Paramount Pictures wanted the movie to go other ways and now Francis has been allowed to revisit the film and make this new cut.
The importance of The Godfather trilogy in films can’t be denied. The first film launched the careers of so many great actors like Pacino, Keaton, Duvall, and Cane, and of course, it featured a brilliant Marlon Brando. The main success of the film was the story and how Mario was able to take a mafia story and make it about the family, in that way making us like the family despite the fact that they killed sometimes, as Francis once said in an interview. The Godfather II was a brilliant sequel, the way they told the story of the rise of Vito together with Michael’s was brilliant and with the amazing performances of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, the film could not go wrong. The Godfather III was released 16 years later and it was successful but not at the level the first two films were.
In this installment, the main focus of the film is Michael trying to finally make the Corleone family legit, he wanted out and fulfill what he so naively promised in the first family, to make the family business legit only to become more powerful and maybe evil than his father and brother were. But as he tries this, Vincent Corleone, Sonny’s son, comes and wants to work for his uncle and he and his aunt don’t want out causing trouble for Michael. We see Michael trying to reconnect with his children and Kay.
What went wrong with the film, I can’t say much because I always liked the film. There are a few details that prevent this installment to be at the same level as the first two but there were not that many that I can say. What I loved about the film, the first thing has to be Al Pacino’s performance, he was at his best in this one. in terms of performances, Andy Garcia and Diane Keaton were both great also. One thing missing was the absence of Tom, reading on Wikipedia it says that Duvall declined to participate in the film because of the salary he was going to get, a shame because it would have made the film better. Sofía Coppola turned out to be a great director, but her performance was not at par with the rest and it affects the film a little bit. Also, the romance between Mary and Vincent did not feel right for me.
I don’t know how the cut will be or what things might change, but I do know that I can’t wait to see it and I’ll let you know what I think about it when I see it.