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Wick-Quoting #30: The Godfather Part III

“Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.”

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After watching the final installment to The Godfather series, one thing came to mind: Part III is substantially better than Part II.  While TG2 (The Godfather Part II) is entertaining to say the least, it lacks the obvious genius of the other two films.  TG3 (The Godfather Part III) is able to surpass TG2 by basically copying the original.  TG3 goes back to the original by including a retiring leader, ambitious new characters, and forbidden love.

1) a retiring leader

An aged Michael (played again by, of course, Al Pacino) is now highly respected, just like how his father was in the first movie.  Now, it is easy to say that the reason as to why the first movie was so successful is because of the compelling character of Don Vito Corleone.  His gestures, his accent, his personality are all very interesting to watch.  In TG3, Al Pacino is attempting to fill in the shoes of Marlon Brando.  Although he doesn’t quite pull it off, he does have his own respectable take on an old, ex-mob boss.  And with the fall of one, comes the rise of others.

2) ambitious new characters

In an attempt to hold up the family’s honor with Michael’s withdrawal, many characters all compete for the spotlight, including Connie, Mary, and Vincent.  While Connie isn’t exactly a new character, her role is drastically different than it was in the previous two movies.  In TG3, she does take action, which is positive in the view of the family.  Mary, Michael’s daughter, gets a lot more accomplished (story-wise) than her brother.  Finally, there is Vincent Mancini (Andy Garcia) who is almost like a combination of the two characters, Michael and Sonny when they were younger.  Fresh faces is exactly what sequels need in order to propel further.  Of course, too much “new” isn’t all that beneficial – just look at the third installments of Spider-Man and Shrek.

3) forbidden love

Like the first movie, TG3 contains flickering love; however, it is far more “messed.”  Vincent and Mary (cousins) end up growing feelings for one another, and it sort of gets out of hand.  Of course, if there’s anything we learned from the first, with all forbidden love comes consequence!

Building on from that, foreshadowing is huge in TG3, which I absolutely missed from TG2.  The way I see it, a film with good foreshadowing deserves great backlighting with its movie posters.  The other day I finally saw Black Swan, which also uses great foreshadowing – and I was blown away.  Foreshadowing – although can be cheesy at times – can really make a movie shine (alright, enough with the cheesy wordplay).

TG3 is not all light and glitter though, due to the fact of some out-of-place scenes and small, annoying details.  Examples of this include the helicopter shoot down and the fact that Michael becomes a saintlike character: both are not that believable.  One of the main problems I have with the movie is Sofia Coppola in general.  I do not enjoy watching her character making a mess of situations, and what I enjoy less is her big mouth.  Her mouth is pretty distracting to watch, and it reminds me of the bigmouth girl from Glee (a terrible show indeed).  I also do not like Lost in Translation, which was directed and written by Sophia Coppola.  No, I am not being biased based on a movie made by Sophia – in fact, I just learned that she is the one who directed Lost in Translation.

Lost in Translation had a budget of only 4 million, yet has made way more than it should have

TG3 has made 136 million, paying off quite reasonably well for itself.  With interesting foreshadowing, Al Pacino, and some nice scenes (especially the ending scene when Michael yells) TG3 is not a film you should miss, especially if you have already seen the first two.

8.5

(I didn’t quite plan for this post to be so long…)

Quoted by MWP

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Wick-Quoting #9: Iron Man 2

Director, Jon Favreau, did it again with Iron Man 2.   The film carries on a similar attitude that the first one has – witty, bright, and charismatic.  Even though Iron Man 2 looks fun to watch, it has a predictable storyline.  Pretty much, a new bad guy appears and Iron Man takes him down in the end.  Although the film includes popular stars, such as Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, I feel that the film won’t be that satisfying for people who are not Iron Man fans.  Despite all that, it is definitely a film you’d consider to be reliable: you will be entertained, but to what degree depends on many factors.

A flashy film calls for bright lights

Iron Man 2 is one of those big budget films which you know will create huge lines on the first couple of days it comes out.  The reasons for this are simple.  The film has: popular actors, such as Robert Downey Jr. (need I mention more?), good graphics, and a previous success story.  As I mentioned in a previous post, Robert Downey Jr. is a very convincing actor, and he fits the role of Tony Stark perfectly.  Just like for Sherlock Holmes, it’d be fine if you watched the film just to see Robert Downey Jr.

Most moviegoers (mainly guys) will probably watch Iron Man 2 because of the inclusion of Scarlett Johansson.  Johansson played her role well, although she is not a determining factor to watch the film.  Sure, she fits in some cool moves in her fight scenes, but besides that, her character really has no personality.  Characters with no personality = difficult for viewers to connect with = potentially bad film.  Thankfully, she only has a minor role in the film.

With impressive choreography and camera angles, Scarlett Johansson looks like she came straight-out of Kick Ass

All of the other actors have their moments in the film as well.  Mickey Rourke makes a convincing Russian villain (why is it always Russian?), and Jon Favreau helps in some extra comedy (although some of it is admittedly a bit lame).

I vant my pizza!!

And like all modern day films, ridiculous technology is shown being used.  There’s the typical scene where a character is faced with a conundrum,and figures it out just like that .  Who knew creating a whole new element could be so easy?  I guess the excitement of such quick reasoning and invention is what makes those types of scenes acceptable and common among mainstream films.

Overall, the film’s success is due to its actors and past film in the series.  When lookin at its originality, it really doesn’t branch off too far from the first movie, making it bland in story and style.  So if you watched the first one, you won’t miss that much if you skip out on the latest Iron Man.  But still, it’s a good watch, and a much better choice compared to Letters to Juliet or The Losers.

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