26 July 2013

Day 26: The Film That Should Have Never Had a Sequel

                                                       Al Pacino is Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II

Day 26 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The film that should have never had a sequel.

I would like to amend today's prompt to the sequel that should have never had a sequel. Few sequels have managed to be as good as the originals and yet Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part II (1974) is both a great sequel and a great film. Together, The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II form an epic American story that has an important place in cinema history.

Andy Garcia on the set of The Godfather: Part III

So why then did Coppola, who I love, decide to mess with greatness and make another sequel, The Godfather: Part III (1990)? Save for a strong performance by a ridiculously handsome Andy Garcia as Sonny Corleone’s illegitimate son, the film is dreadful for a variety of reasons from ridiculous plot lines to bad acting (two words: Sofia Coppola). Why, Francis? Why? The first two films were fine on their own. We didn't need The Godfather: Part III.

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