Adding the word “Coda” to an already unwieldy title, Coppola makes a subtle but significant admission: that the third movie is, by his definition, an “additional overture”, little more than an epilogue to the first two classics which made it possible. Part Three, he says, was always supposed to be that way. An addendum. Never an entry of its own to the Godfather story.
Well, that’s what most who saw Part Three said when it was first released thirty years ago. Having not ever seen the original cut of what has become the ugly duckling of the trilogy, I was very happy that Coppola’s new Coda is as good as it is. But, above all, relieved.