9pm Showing: The Godfather Part 3

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

 

When you are the younger brother of two of the greatest motion pictures to ever to put on celluloid, you are always going to struggle to live outside the shadow cast over you by your brothers. The Godfather Part 3 doesn’t deserve to live in the shadows and it doesn’t deserve to be forgotten.

It may not have won the awards like it’s brothers, it may not have astounded audiences and critics like its brothers but that doesn’t mean it’s any less of a film. Pacino is still devastatingly threatening while remaining physically passive, he is still as menacing as ever,  his eyes allow the audience in, to share his own personal pain of the horrors of his life, every wrinkle, every  line, every crease, every grey hair tells a different story of his tortured soul and Pacino doesn’t even have to say one word, we understand completely what he’s saying, it’s a look he gives us, a glance, a stare . His eyes do all the work and that’s the mark of an acting genius.

Francis Ford Coppola still paints a picture like no other and that’s what he does, he paints, he is truly an artist. His patience with his craft is second to none, he knows exactly where the story is going and every single scene has a purpose, everything is intentional. The emotion is still real, the violence is still beautifully brutal, the story is still gripping and Coppola is truly one of the greats. Each moment has a tenderness and you share Coppola’s passion for this story, for this family and this culture of people.

The Godfather Part 3 is a brilliant film, it should be commended on its own measure and not be compared with its brothers. It may not be considered the best out of the three, but that doesn’t stop it from being brilliant finish to a truly remarkable authentic story of mob life. The final curtain call on a cinematic phenomenon.

“Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in”

 

Image Courtesy of  dvdbeaver.com

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