The Godfather III was nominated for seven academy awards but was the only film of the trilogy which did not win any of the Oscars. This is too bad because it was a good film which tried to show Michael Corleone’s attempt to “legitimize” the family business.
Part of the problem seemed to be that Mario Puzo felt that the story did not need to be expanded after The Godfather II. I disagree and felt that Michael’s attempt for redemption was valid. The storyline may not have flowed as smoothly as the first two films, but there was enough intrigue in the film to keep an audience interested. The majority of the acting was good in spite of the critics’ uneven comments about Sophia Coppola’s acting skills. I think that she did a very good job as Connie.
When Michael Corleone is trying to buy into the Italian banking business it is a retelling of the events around Pope John Paul I’s brief papacy and the scandal of the real Vatican Bank. This gives the film a historical context. I would give this film a 4.5 stars out of 5 stars only because I felt that some parts could have been more tightly written.