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The Godfather: Part III (1990)


Michael Corleone is looking for a successor but has a difficult time finding one. However, his nephew seems to be the only suitable candidate for this job. 

The story continues with Michael Corleone’s attempt to consolidate the family business before his death. And this is actually an attempt to come full circle with the first movie but in a modern setting. It actually becomes a story about three different generations however the third generation seems rather degenerate when compared to the previous ones. And maybe this is the actual downfall of this trilogy. 

Firstly, it is extremely weird that the daughter of Michael Corleone  (Mary) has feelings for her cousin (Vincent), and vice versa. Why does such a grand movie feel the need to add an incestual relationship to this story? Was this a ‘hot topic’ during 1990, or was the writer really out of ideas? Maybe it was part of the original book, but if this is the case then the script writer/editor should have revised it because it is way too ridiculous. Additionally, the entire situation starts totally randomly as if it fell from the sky. What makes things even more awkward is the initial dialogue between the characters of Vincent Mancini and Mary. You can argue that in 2021 we perceive these things as ‘more severe’ but I can’t imagine that in 1990 this was considered less awkward. Anyway, it also has something to do with out of character behavior because for some reason I am not buying the idea that both of them are in love. Basically what it comes down to is that the writer turned to the topic of “impossible love” to create an atmosphere in which the Corleone family has now come to the point of ‘total corruption’. Maybe this does fit with the grand opera-like approach in which everything is extremely dramatic. However, the third time around we heard and seen everything already so there is nothing new to show except the “total corruption’’ storyline. One should ask the question if there is really a Godfather/mafia story if you have to use these weird and unrealistic extremes. 

Additionally, most of the time this movie is living in the glory of its past. And with this I mean that it does a great job with the setting and set design but certain camera shots are kind of weird as well. There are at least two different action scenes in which people are being shot but it is not shot (filmed) in a one motion sequence. This makes it a little…weird? I don’t want to use the word “unprofessional” but it definitely should have been edited differently in my opinion. However, I think we as the audience should first ask the essential question of why the third part was filmed so long after the second part. And the answer must be budget constraints, creative discussions, or availability of the actors. Maybe it is all of the above but I really think that they should have created a third part in the mid 1980’s or not at all. For me the second part is the ultimate prequel and sequel to the first movie and this one, the third part, is totally unnecessary. I would even argue that you should not watch it if you enjoyed the first two movies because it leaves a very bad aftertaste. It is almost like eating a Michelin star meal and afterwards you go to a fastfood restaurant for dessert. You can do it but I really advise against it. Is there anything that I liked about this movie? Well…The ending was good but maybe that was more because the movie ended. In the past I never realized how bad this third part really is but that is maybe case because I used to watch it while drinking Disaronno Originale. 

Directed by 

Francis Ford Coppola(directed by)

Writing Credits (WGA)  

Mario Puzo(written by) &
Francis Ford Coppola(written by)


Al PacinoDon Michael Corleone
Diane KeatonKay Adams Michelson
Talia ShireConnie Corleone Rizzi
Andy GarciaVincent Mancini
Eli WallachDon Altobello
Joe MantegnaJoey Zasa
George HamiltonB.J. Harrison
Bridget FondaGrace Hamilton
Sofia CoppolaMary Corleone

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