THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone Reviews

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March 28, 2021
Not enough has been changed to turn around anyone who already dislikes it, but in cutting out 13 minutes of runtime, the director has excised many of the small moments that made it uniquely memorable in the first place.
December 18, 2020
Much is tailored to the needs of drama in "Godfather, Coda." But one cannot manufacture urgency in a film that lacks the kind of cosmic conflict of its two predecessors.
December 18, 2020
It's often gripping, sometimes masterful, and almost never betrays its history as the work of a wayward giant scrambling back toward respectability after a long decade lost in the wilderness.
December 13, 2020
The film's tautly controlled turbulence guides the eye to salient details, its clarified lines of dramatic tension calmly burst into images of an explosive yet nearly static intensity.
December 12, 2020
I almost don't see a point for Godfather Part III. You've ended the story so beautifully with Godfather Part II, why would you go back and continue it? The story doesn't come together like it did [for the original], but I will say he's improved it.
December 12, 2020
It does improve the pacing, but otherwise it's very much the same movie. I've always been a sucker for movies about men looking back at their lives full of regret and guilt, so this one very much did it for me. I really enjoyed it.
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 7, 2020
It's a little better now.
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
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
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 3, 2020
Ultimately, the changes to this Godfather don't feel significant enough to wholly justify the exercise, but it's still interesting revisiting a movie that -- unlike its predecessors -- isn't repeated constantly on AMC.
December 2, 2020
A good and worthwhile film rendered more valuable by a revision and restoration.
December 1, 2020
Redemption may have eluded Michael Corleone, but his third film was more fortunate.
December 1, 2020
I'm not sure how much, if anything, Coppola's re-edit does for the third Godfather film, but it's worth a watch.
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