THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone Reviews

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December 10, 2020
This undeniably improves on the original version from 1990, always regarded as the weak point of the trilogy. The story is less cluttered by flashbacks and easier to follow, especially in the first half hour.
December 10, 2020
There's nothing particularly radical about these alterations. Coppola has merely streamlined and clarified but the fundamentals remain the same and that's no bad thing.
December 10, 2020
It's more the passage of time that's allowed people to look at the film with fresh eyes and realize that it was actually quite a good movie all along.
December 9, 2020
Coppola's new editing decisions fail to materially change the film in drastic ways, but the repositioning of the title alone allows for this to feel more like an actual epilogue, which it works as, rather than a Part III, which it doesn't.
December 9, 2020
The music ties the film together so beautifully that this time around it feels like the skin of the original, rather than its clothes.
December 7, 2020
Coppola's revelatory revision feels like a far more focused and purposeful film, even if there are some things that can't be fixed in an editing room.
December 7, 2020
It's a little better now.
December 6, 2020
This would be a KILLER bonus feature to make yet another physical and digital media re-release of these historic films a must-own. As a solo release, however, Coda is a bust.
December 6, 2020
All this really means is a stronger opening act and a less cluttered finale. Unfortunately, many of the original version's obvious flaws remain unaddressed.
December 5, 2020
It's a leaner, cleaner, more comprehensible and watchable version of itself. Like Michael, it seeks redemption. Unlike Michael, it gets some.
December 5, 2020
The aura of disappointment and regret that swirls around Pacino's Michael Corleone later in life lends the film a maudlin tone that grounds it amid the noise and the gunfire.
December 5, 2020
What makes Coppola's movie fascinating now is its Darwinian self-knowledge. "The new overthrows the old, it's natural," Michael shrugs, and he was speaking for them both.
December 4, 2020
The rich complexity of Coppola's vision was never fully appreciated -- not even by Coppola himself, who has altered it to fit contemporary negativity.
December 4, 2020
I urge you to seek the movie out, because it truly does touch the grandeur of the first two films. Even if it can't match it.
December 4, 2020
Overall, this version feels even more elegiac -- a true coda instead of just another part of the same story.
December 4, 2020
It's tighter, leaner, and, especially now that the movie is implicitly about looking back on past mistakes, has that glow about it of an ugly but beautiful past.
December 4, 2020
Coppola intended the third film to be an epilogue that serves to sum up and bring closure to the original saga, and this recut to breathe new life into the picture. He has achieved just that.
December 4, 2020
Coppola's themes of redemption and regret, hubris and fate, seem more clearly delineated, in ways that conjure Greek myth and in ways that are frail and life-sized.
December 4, 2020
It's a much sharper, more satisfying experience.
December 4, 2020
(It) doesn't quite redeem the sins of The Godfather: Part III, but it is a better, clearer telling of the same basic story.
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