Matt Curione’s review published on Letterboxd:
"When they come... they come at what you love."
THE GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE -2020
It's no secret that The Godfather Part III has long been my favorite in the trilogy. I just never saw what was so hated about this one and consistently rolled my eyes when called out on it, or saw a joke online or in media. Yes it had turmoil behind the scenes and was never going to reach the stately heights of the first two pictures, but it's a damn good, intriguing story.
Give me older shattered characters and interesting arcs for them and I'm all in. Add in a dash of real life conspiracy, and yeah, you've got me, hook line and sinker.
Coppola doesn't reinvent the wheel with his new CODA edit, but he does make The Godfather Part III a stronger film. Rearranging scenes, shortening them, implementing a new beginning and ending, and even adding some overlapping dialogue, he's really gone to town on this. Bless him for it, as it's a noble attempt and success at righting what he perceived as major issues with the movie.
Godfather Coda might not be my preferred cut, but it's definitely the stronger version of the story. It's also one of the best films I've seen in 2020.