the godfather coda review

When it comes to Francis Ford Coppola‘s Godfather trilogy, everyone seems to be in agreement: the first two movies are full-blown masterpieces, and the less said about the third film the better. We shouldn’t cry too hard for The Godfather Part III – despite its modern-day reputation of being a dud, it was actually well-received at the box office and even netted itself seven Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture!). But over the years, Coppola’s swan song for the Corleone family has become the red-headed stepchild of the trilogy.

Now, in the spirit of his multiple cuts of Apocalypse Now and the more recent Cotton Club Encore, Coppola has gone back and reworked the film into the awkwardly-titled The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael CorleoneThis is what he and Godfather creator Mario Puzo wanted audiences to experience – not the third entry in a trilogy, but rather an epilogue to what came before. But is this new version really all that different?

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Godfather Part III Recut

The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are often hailed as two of the best American movies ever made, but the same can’t be said for The Godfather Part III. The sequel actually received fairly good reviews when it opened in 1990. It also did well at the box office and scored seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. But over the years, Godfather Part III has become something of a punchline, with many zeroing in on the clumsy, strained performance of Sofia Coppola, playing daughter to Al Pacino‘s Michael Corleone. Now, after years of negative feedback, director Francis Ford Coppola has gone back and recut the film into Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Will this new cut fix the film’s notorious problems? According to co-star Diane Keaton, the answer is yes.

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The Godfather Coda The Death of Michael Corleone Trailer

Francis Ford Coppola has reworked one of his most-derided movies into The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. This re-edit of The Godfather Part III claims to archive “Coppola and screenwriter [Mario] Puzo’s original vision for the finale, which has been meticulously restored for the finest presentation of the Corleone saga’s last chapter.” This certainly isn’t the first time Coppola has re-edited one of his films: there are several different versions of Apocalypse Now, and the filmmaker recently released a new cut of The Cotton Club. Now, it’s Godfather Part III‘s turn. Watch the trailer below.

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Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in. Francis Ford Coppola hasn’t directed a new feature film in a few years, but he has gone back to tinker with some old ones. He recently released a recut version of The Cotton Club, and now he’s about to do the same thing with The Godfather Part III. Infamous for being the least-well-received entry in the otherwise fantastic Godfather saga, this new Godfather III cut, which goes by the somewhat clunky title Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, is headed to theaters and digital platforms this December.

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