Absolutely amazing. I’m surprised that such an intelligent and melancholy movie fell into the public eye. There weren’t nearly enough explosions and the boobs weren’t prominent enough.
I managed to walk into this series knowing nothing about it other than that it followed a Sicilian Mafioso Family and that said Sicilian Mafioso Family planted a horse head in the bed of a film tycoon. So each of the plot twists managed to surprise me, which was a rare treat. It’s one of the few movies that I know of that so intricately references itself in order to showcase an abstract theme, so watching the trilogy as one 12 hour movie, as I did, is a much different experience than watching them separately.
On that note, Godfather 3 wasn’t anywhere near as bad as has become popular to claim it to be. Sure, Sophia Copolla’s acting was…in a league of its own but everything else provided an extremely well done conclusion to the series. I especially love the portrayal of the vicious cycle that emanates throughout the Corleone Family. Vincent ends the series in the exact same fashion as Michael did when he consolidated his power as Don Corleone in the first movie: ruthless, ambitious, and naïve. A subordinate kisses his hand while calling the praise, “Don Corleone” and a door closes behind the scene.
Top Ten Scenes From the Trilogy:
1. The Ending of Godfather III – Michael’s Death (III)
2. Vincent becomes the New Don, Repeating the Pattern Established in the First Film (III)
3. Vito Reminisces About Having Wanted Michael To Become Legitimate (I)
4. Michael Consolidates His Power As the New Don - the door literally shuts between the civilian world that Kay inhabits and the world of the mafioso that Michael lives in (I)
5. Michael's Assassination of Moe Green and Various Other Enemies During the Baptism - "Do you renounce Satan?" (I)
6. Carlo Bullies Connie and the Resulting Fight With Sonny That Follows (I)
7. Hyman Roth’s Reveal and the Explanation For His Vengeance For Moe Green’s Death: “That kid's name was Moe Green - and the city he invented was Las Vegas. This was a great man - a man of vision and guts. And there isn't even a plaque - or a signpost - or a statue of him in that town!” (II)
8. Fredo Explains His Feelings As the Black Sheep of the Family: “Taken Care of? You’re my kid brother!...I’m smart! Not like-dumb like everybody says! I’m smart and I want some respect!” (II)
9. Don Vito’s Death (I)
10. Vito Assassinates the Local Slum Don (II)