Movie Review – Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Coda: The Loss of life of Michael Corleone

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda and Sophia Coppola.



This third entry within the Corleone household album sees Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) wrestling with the contradictions of operating his enterprise on this fashionable age. Holding off those that would search to supersede him, Michael can be trying to find a secure pair of arms to proceed the legacy.


There isn’t any doubting the ambition behind The Godfather, Coda. Francis Ford Coppola’s new lower of his divisive 1990 movie is ostentatious, it possesses flashes of brilliance and there are parts together with manufacturing design which make this really feel like a homecoming. Al Pacino nonetheless retains the magic of Michael Corleone as understated Don and conflicted household man, whereas Diane Keaton’s Kay manages to forge a formidable on-screen partnership with him within the course of. Sadly the identical can’t be mentioned for another casting selections.

Andy Garcia could also be an excellent actor with accolades and plaudits aplenty however he’s no Al Pacino. Whether or not his interpretation of bastard offspring Vincent Mancini is all the way down to the script or not, which is laden with leaden dialogue exchanges one thing is lacking. His unavoidable option to channel James Caan may be one more reason as a result of prefer it or not Sonny casts a giant shadow. Different flaws on this tapestry embody Sofia Coppola and her portrayal of Mary Corleone, which sits like an elephant within the room each time she walks on. In poor health outfitted to convey the complexities this position requires Mary is decreased all the way down to an inconsequential stereotype.


A lot of the blame ought to lay along with her father for making that alternative and placing his daughter on this place to start with. Her chemistry with Vincent is questionable all through regardless of the perfect efforts of all involved. Emotionally stunted and being carried by Al Pacino and Diane Keaton to call a number of, her Mary Corleone is vapid and indifferent from any drama which diminishes the whole lot else. Though this house leisure launch has improved in some areas her efficiency stays very a lot intact, which is unlucky.

Structurally The Godfather, Coda strikes issues round to attain a extra satisfying narrative, however finally by no means measures as much as elements one and two. Regardless of the operatic set items, sense of household event and conniving church members it lacks gravitas. Joe Mantegna’s Joey Zasa by no means feels threatening sufficient and Michael Corleone is impregnable even after his stroke. Some key cameo roles which act as delicate name backs to the sooner movies fail to instil nostalgia, however solely remind audiences of the inherent shortcomings on display screen.


The place issues do work are within the moments when flashbacks and montage deliver all three collectively. A youthful Michael Corleone dancing together with his departed Sicilian bride is cross lower subtly with the current day, the place father and daughter are dancing throughout a celebration. That innate chemistry between Al Pacino and Diane Keaton nonetheless resonates, whereas moments with John Savage because the son of Robert Duvall’s Tom Hagen actually get it proper.

In a broader sense Francis Ford Coppola does household on movie like nobody else and that sense of togetherness additionally shines via. His skill to make use of an enormous interconnecting canvas of characters remains to be second to none, whereas intimate moments humanise gangster and murderer alike. By way of operating time The Godfather, Coda has misplaced a couple of minutes in complete, which does make issues transfer slightly faster. Main plot themes are launched earlier to offer form and context, whereas Coppola’s closing salvo loses some visible iconography however replaces it with an Italian proverb.


For many who personal, bear in mind and respect the unique ending there will probably be debates to come back. Whether or not this model is an enchancment over the present incarnation could once more come down to private style. If Francis Ford Coppola has achieved something new with The Godfather, Coda it’s to offer readability. There’s now a distinguishable via line each when it comes to plot and construction which was surprisingly missing earlier than. Whether or not this makes it a greater movie is an argument for others to have.

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Loss of life of Michael Corleone is in choose cinemas from fifth and sixth December and accessible on Blu-ray and to Obtain & Hold from eighth December.

Flickering Fantasy Score – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Film: ★ ★ ★ ★

Martin Carr


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