Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Sofia Coppola, Donal Donnelly
Michael Corleone (Pacino) took over the family business after the death of his father and brother. He has since tried hard to legitimise the business and finally over years of effort has been able to do so. Vincent (Garcia) Sonny's illegitimate son, is introduced to Michael and Michael is impressed with the love and affection Vincent has for him. Vincent starts accompanying Michael on his business trips and becomes his close aide and confidante. In a bid to earn money for the family through legitimate ways, Michael strikes a deal with the corrupt Archibishap Gilday (Donnelly) who controls the Vatican Bank. The Vatican Bank is facing a $700,000,000 debt out of which Michael agrees to pay off $600,000,000 in return for the Vatican's 25% stake in the European real-estate holding company, Immobiliare. A lot of other minor plots adorn the main story including a budding relationship between Mary (Shire), Michael's daughter and Vincent, who ironically are first cousins. The movie gets automatically compared to the earlier movies and sadly, the third installment doesn't have any interesting developments or plot twists to highlight. It's a story which most Godfather fans had predicted would happen. Performances are right up to the mark, exactly where it should be and Al Pacino executes the role of a loving father and an aging man with absolute beauty. It does not have the mafia and crime aspect that the previous movies had but it tries to bring out the possibility of corruption and politics even with the holy Vatican. A fine watch, but not the Godfather that we were used to seeing.
Thumbs up: Al Pacino
Thumbs down: Not a great plot, feels dragged.