Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 April 2013)
Brief Synopsis – The continuation of the life of Don Michael Corleone in the late 1970’s
My Take on it – It took me over 22 years to finally see this movie and I now wish I hadn’t seen it; it would have left me believing that Puzo and Coppola could make the whole Godfather saga a success. Alas, I did watch it and was very disappointed. The story just wasn’t very captivating. The first two movies made sense with a continuity, but this one just was all over the place. Sometimes when a group of characters in a movie are revisited years later, you still find them interesting, but this movie basically only brought three characters back, Michael, Kay and Connie. Most of the other characters had either been killed in previous Godfather flicks or were “murdered” by the writers because they couldn’t come to an agreement of a fee (Robert Duvall, I’m talking about you). The rest of the characters are older versions of kids from the first two movies, invented bastards in order to bring a new character into the movie to work with Don Corleone or a new adversary who apparently has been around for something like 50 years, but wasn’t in either of the previous movies. If any of these new characters were interesting, maybe I’d have enjoyed it more, but unfortunately, they were not. Bridget Fonda has a small part as a reporter who I thought would have more to do in the movie, but within the first hour, she disappears and doesn’t return (and she isn’t “sleepin with the fishes” like Luca Brasi).
Bottom Line – Not as great as the previous two Godfather movies and they probably shouldn’t have made it. If you enjoyed the first two Godfather movies, maybe you should skip this one in order to keep the greatness of the first two without them being diminished by this one.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)