The Godfather III - Movie Review

The Godfather III

The Godfather III - Movie Review

The final part of the marvelous series, yet most wonder if it was necessary since it didn’t meet the expectations of the fans and didn’t surpass the prior movie, just like the second did to the first.

The Godfather III is set in 1979, 22years after the ending of the previous Godfather film where Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino is approaching 60 and is filled with guilt because of what his ruthless ambition and destructive personality led to.

With the shadow of his brother’s murder following him around and wanting to redeem himself, he decided to start a charity named after his father ‘the Vito Corleone Foundation’ which is managed by his daughter.

Wanting to cleanse the blood of his money, he donated a large sum of money to the church, however, when the mistakes of your past are haunting you everywhere, no money can keep them at bay.

Hoping to leave his children a better future, Michael tries to legitimize his business and restore his public image, yet it’s hard when America doesn’t romanticize the mafia lifestyle and keeps bringing up his past life. 

In attempts to completely distance himself from the mafia, all the criminal work that he used to handle was given to Joey Zasta, his nephew

Trying to get closer to his children, Michael supports Anthony’s decision of dropping out of law school and pursuing his career as an Opera singer even though he wished Anthony would’ve at least waited to get his degree before proceeding as an Opera singer. Through the movie, we learn that one can truly run away from his past, especially if it’s filled with vengeance, anger, and blood.

Even though it was nominated for seven Academy Awards and was called by Janet Maslin, in The New York Times, the “inevitable and irresistible.” Praising it more than the second movie, the movie has a lot of haters. Yet others would argue the story deserved an ending chapter.

Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy García, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, Bridget Fonda, George Hamilton, Sofia Coppola.

Credits: directed by Francis Ford Coppola, screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, released by Paramount Pictures.

Rating: R, for profanity and sexual situations.

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