The Godfather Part III ain’t the best of films. Making a follow up to The Godfather Part I & II would be a near impossible task at the best of times, but when you’ve waited more than a decade and half the people involved, including director Francis Ford Coppola, are only in it for the money, then I think we can see why the film turned out the way it did.
It’s not terrible, and I’d argue it’s better than half the shit that comes out these days, but boy was The Godfather III a disappointment. So many things don’t work, it’s a massive step down from the previous two films in many categories. Al Pacino just plays himself, none of the big performers like Diana Keaton and Talia Shire bring their A game, there’s Sofia Coppola, the cinematography makes it look like the film was set in the 90s and was some kind of made-for-TV reunion movie, the story is boring and confusing, the characters dull. Coppola wanted 6 months to write the script but was only given 6 weeks, and it really shows, because you can instantly tell by watching the movie that this is a screenplay that needed touching up.
The dialogue is atrocious in places, and the actors looks like they had no idea what to do with the lines they were given. Remember Talia Shire’s attempt at a sinister and foreboding “now they will fear you” which came off as a cheesy soap opera line, or Eli Wallach almost looking directly at the camera with his blessed are the peacemakers line? Sometimes it’s like the film wants you to know how bad it is compared to the first two, because it keeps bringing up references, like Brando scolding James Caan with his “never let anyone outside the family know what you’re thinking. I think your brain is going soft.” after Sonny’s moment of recklessness in front of Sollozo kick starts the conflict in the film. And then you have the call back in The Godfather 3, Pacino blanking talking to Andy Garcia’s ear and stating “never let anyone know what you’re thinking” which just comes off as pretty random seeing as those the only other two people in the room are Al Neri and Connie.
I wanna give you an example of a crap piece of dialogue and a solution to make the scene a lot better, to make it rich like the scenes from the previous two films. This is a very pedantic and pointless rant, it’s not a big scene, it’s only two seconds long and improving it is like rearranging the deck chairs in the dining room while the titanic sinks to its doom. So yeah, in other words, if you’ve made it this far, I’ve probably wasted a few minutes of your life. So don’t forget to subscribe and hit the notification bell for more time wasting videos.
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CineRanter - A couch potato's insignificant rage on modern film. I review movies, discuss film theories and explanations, and other cinema-related stuff. Sometimes I branch out to other mediums like books and comics.