It’s absolutely insane that it has been thirty — 30! — years since the release of the last Godfather film. For context, it was sixteen — 16! — years between The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III and that seemed like forever (it was just two years between the first two films in the series). So yeah, basically twice as much time has passed.
Admittedly, it has been a long time since I’ve revisited Part III. I remember feeling that it was inferior to the first two and yes, that casting Sofia Coppola (then a teenager and now a brilliant filmmaker in her own right, of course) was a mistake but I also imagine it holds up a lot better than I remember. Especially, perhaps, with the tweaks that Francis Ford Coppola is making to the new release — including, the title, which obviously distances the idea that this is a movie meant to live alongside the first two and is instead an ending of the story. A way to tie up some loose ends after the credits rolled on Part II.
Anyway, I’m more than happy to give it another shot. Especially since, as this article makes clear, they’re obviously going to make a The Godfather Part IV, Part V, and Part VI, without Coppola. This feels like his way of saying goodbye to the franchise once and for all. Whenever these get made, it will obviously depend on who they choose to helm them. They will set out with a high likelihood of failure. But the imperfections of Part III could help in that regard.