The Godfather Trilogy

3 – The Godfather Part III; While The Godfather Part III is the worst of the bunch, it is still a good (sometimes great) movie. It contains some of Coppolas most ambitious work in its final act – with some of the most memorable shots of the series. Michael Corleone himself (played wonderfully by Al Pacino) puts in one of his best performances in his final days. Sadly, the rest of the film is a rather melodramatic snooze fest that fails to reach the highs of its predecessors. It lacks the engaging style that made the first two so unique and classic, and presented issues with a much less interesting cast of characters. Andy Garcia may be a great actor, but doesn’t compare to the likes of De Niro or Brando. It is said by Coppola that he only made this movie because “they were broke”, and that kind of artistic detachment from a film can be detrimental to its success. The Godfather Part III is an excellent example of greed over quality – with more of an emphasis on finishing a series than telling its own story. To reiterate, The Godfather Part III is not horrible – or bad even – it is just a mess of a movie that had too little of a good thing to be great. Cinemaster Score: 7.4/10

2 – The Godfather; The first part of a phenomenal trilogy and regarded by many as the best film of all time – The Godfather takes up the middle placement in our ranks. The acting is really, extremely good – with some of Hollywood’s most impressive names such as Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the lead roles. Brando puts on one of his career defining showings. That goes for Al Pacino as well. The script is one of the best with very memorable and thought-provoking lines. In this movie there are monumental moments in filmography that are well-known into our modern times. The characters are cinematic icons. The Corleone family is dynamic and realistic. Vito (Marlon Brando) is clear with his motives yet is still interesting in his decisions, while Michael (Al Pacino) has morals but must choose between them and his family’s legacy. The story is remarkable and rewatchable – even in spite of its length. It is an entertaining movie altogether. Although The Godfather isn’t quite the match to its sequel, it still is without a doubt a must watch for anyone yet to see it. Cinemaster Score: 9.6/10

1 – The Godfather Part II; The Godfather Part II may be the best sequel of all time, with a more focused and ambitious story that makes it timeless and classic. Robert De Niro as a young Vito Corleone delivers an Oscar-worthy performance and Al Pacino accompanies him well in his rise to power as Michael Corleone. The Godfather Part II has some of the most intriguing twists and colorful characters in a crime film ever seen – with an unflinching view of the dark side of the mob life. This film pops thanks to the beautiful cinematography of Gordon Willis, who uses a distinct yellow hue for this period piece. His shots add a personality to the film that few have been able to replicate with success. Francis Ford Coppola solidifies himself to be arguably the greatest director in history with his iconic portrayal of a young Vito Corleone and his son Michael. The father-son dynamic is executed wonderfully so, showing the foundation built by Michael’s father that forces Michael into a world of sin and betrayal. Such themes are balanced deftly without slight and never drag on. The Godfather Part II is the best of a standout trilogy; crafting the best moments, creating the best characters, and leaving it’s mark on the entertainment world for years to come. Cinemaster Score: 9.8/10

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