Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Movie review: The Godfather: Part III

In this final installment of the Godfather Trilogy, Michael Corleone is older, wiser, and focused on legitimizing the family business. But younger family members and even the Vatican seem to be working against him, as does life as he tries to make amends and repair his personal life.

Al Pacino (Don Michael Corleone), Diane Keaton (Kay), Talia Shire (Connie), Andy Garcia (Vincent), Eli Wallach (Don Altobello), Joe Mantegna (Joey Zasa), Sofia Coppola (Mary), Raf Vallone (Lamberto), Franc D'Ambrosio (Anthony Coreleone).

The Godfather: Part III is a wonderfully done conclusion to the trilogy. Now years older, Michael wants to legitimize the family business, partially by aligning finances with the Vatican, and prepares to give up control of the family. But despite his plans it seems everyone is against him; the younger family members, his own daughter, and the Vatican itself. Even trying to repair his love life seems impossible.

Acting was decent in this episode, but not nearly as good as the first two films. Pacino delivers very well as usual and continues to fit his role well. Garcia also did very well with nice delivery and energy as his role grew. Coppola was less impressive with her lack of authenticity making her character hard to swallow, a problem similarly seen with Shire. The remainder of the cast was solid and did very well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were once again nicely done with a genuine, solid feel throughout. Action scenes were mild but enjoyable and fitting. Dialogue is very good detailing the plot and moving things along at a nice pace. Sound and soundtrack are solid.

While the Godfather Trilogy is wonderful, The Godfather: Part III is probably the least well received of the films. Several characters and their actions didn't quite fit with previous installments leaving this one feeling a bit disconnected. Still, fans of the Trilogy should enjoy this conclusion to the story.

With a fair amount of violence, foul language, and mild sexuality this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 1990
Reviewed: 5.24.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Crime, Drama, Crime Drama, Mobster films, Trilogy

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