5 Movies to See Before Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

5. The Godfather Part III

Al Pacino in Godfather Part III

Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo’s final chapter of the Michael Corleone story is usually met with ridicule and disdain. Most of it is unwarranted; except for the cousin love story involving Mary Corleone (Sofia Coppola) and Vincent Mancini (Andy Garcia) – that was definitely warranted!

That aside, it was a poetic end to The Godfather trilogy. It does a terrific job detailing Michael’s conscience and guilt now as an older man. Sure, the whole thread behind the corruption in the Vatican never fully reaches its potential, but Al Pacino does a wonderful job playing an aging Michael with great remorse. There is sorrow in every look he gives. His relationships to his own children and his desire to become legitimate for his and his family’s sake is what drives him, but no matter what he does to legitimize the Corleone name his regret and sins hang over him like impending doom. Michael knows he has to pay for his sins but is his redemption too late to save his family? 

Why watch: Al Pacino and The Godfather trilogy at its most contemplative and the ending feels even more powerful today. And besides, when was the last time you watched Godfather Part III

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