The Death of Michael Corleone
The third film suffered on its initial release – not from the hands of the critics who mostly liked it – but from coming out three months after ‘Goodfellas’.
Coppola has tinkered with ‘Coda’ introducing a new beginning and end as well as rearranging some other scenes. The upshot is a film that lingers in the mind thanks in great part to the new ending that condemns Michael to a ‘death’ in which he doesn’t die.
Sophia Coppola’s performance still divides opinion, yet she embodies what a modern gangster’s daughter might be. ‘Coda’ truly does touch the grandeur of the first two films. Even if it can’t match it.