Which of the Godfather movies do you prefer?

October 26, 2007 5:54pm CST
My boyfriend and I have just made our way through the Godfather trilogy. I've seen the first one several times, but it's the fist time I've seen parts two and three. I have to say, I prefer the first one the most because it is the most uniformly well-acted and interesting of the three. It's also, IMO, the most understated of the series, which appeals to me. Part II was also very good, but I was more interested in the story of Vito Corleone's rise to power than with Michael Corleone's dealings with the Cuban government, and I don't feel that the Vito storyline got nearly enough screen time. However, Al Pacino was at his best in part II---by III he had morphed into his full blown yelling-is-acting persona which we all know today (still a good performance, mind you, but not nearly as nuanced as the first two). Three was still epic and interesting, but also very uneven. Andy Garcia had the best performance of that film as Vinnie, followed closely by Diane Keaton. And please, don't get me started on Sofia Coppola as Mary. Sigh. At least she's a good director. Anyway, those are my thoughts. I'd be interested in hearing others' opinions!
2 responses
@milott (2648)
• India
28 Oct 07
I personally prefer the first part which is more interesting and intruiging, especially i loved the acting of Marlon Brando in that part and in third part the acting of al pacino stood out even better.
28 Oct 07
Yeah, Marlon Brando's performance is legendary, and rightly so. I thought Pacino was best in the second one, although his scenes with Diane Keaton were some of the best in the series.
@ssh123 (31100)
• India
27 Oct 07
I liked the Godfather I, because the story was well narrated as in the book and sequences and sceneries sounded quite familiar for those who read the novel. In Part II there was so much slackening and it looked as though the director wanted to finish it off early.
27 Oct 07
I haven't read the books, so I don't know how they compare, but I'm glad at least the first one is a faithful adaptation.