In the final installment of the Godfather Trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his crime family’s interests and remove himself from the violent underworld but is kept back by the ambitions of the young. While he attempts to link the Corleone’s finances with the Vatican, Michael must deal with the machinations of a hungrier gangster seeking to upset the existing Mafioso order and a young protege’s love affair with his daughter.
User Reviews: I stayed away from this film for a long time, doing a dumb thing: listening to the well-known film critics.
When I finally got around to it, I was very surprised. It was a good film. Not great, not intense as the first two Godfather flicks, but definitely a lot better than advertised.
Many people said this was filled with anti-Roman Catholic propaganda, but I didn’t it find that way. Yes, the "Vatican bank," whatever that is, was portrayed as not on the up-and-up, but it was a little confusing to follow, maybe too confusing to get offended! Actually, there were some positive things, religious-wise, with Al Pacino’s character, who sought forgiveness for his past sins and made a few very profound statements such as, "What good is confession if it isn’t followed by repentance?"
Anyway, Pacino’s acting talents are the main attraction in the lower-key, more cerebral Godfather film. There isn’t that much action but when it occurs, it’s pretty violent. As with the other two films in the series, it’s nicely photographed with a lot of nice brown tints.
Finally, director-writer Francis Ford Coppola took a lot of flak for putting his daughter in such an important role but I thought she (Sofia Coppola) was fine and – like this film – unfairly criticized.