The Last Godfather
The Last Godfather
Young-goo (Hyung-rae Sim) the son of mafia boss Don Carini (Harvey Keitel), is too foolish to be part of the mafia elite. One day, Young-goo comes to his father and is trained by Tony V (Michael Rispoli) to be his father's successor. A few days later, Young-goo accidentally rescues Nancy (Jocelin Donahue), the only daughter of Don Bonfante, the boss of a rival mafia family. But Vinnie (Jason Mewes), an under-boss of the Bonfante family kidnapped her and fabricates that Young-goo has taken her. Vinnie's behavior provokes an armed conflict between the two families.
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April 08, 2018 at 02:25 AM
Self-indulgent, not even good enough to be a parody.
1 star. Shim Hyung-Rae has some kind of ego. He takes money from fellow Korean investors, goes to the Paramount lot in Hollywood, and shoots this self-indulgent and unwatchable "film." Harvey Keitel, Michael Rispoli, and Jason Mewes, am...ong others, try in absolute vain to save this wreck and bring some form of realism to the proceedings. Maybe they shouldn't have bothered. It's like Shim saw a couple mob films and wanted to recreate them without any knowledge of the genre. Worst of all, his Younggu character comes across as being the worst Asian stereotype to grace the screen in a long time...with his broken accent, combed over hair, stumbling, and bad teeth. It's impossible to even watch this thing. He even tries to throw in a "magical" musical number that is his montage to the Hollywood greats but just seems random. There were maybe 7 people in the auditorium....5 walked out before the end. Maybe I should've as well, I was just too curious to see how this monstrosity would end.
I saw it in Busan a few days ago and my two friends and I all agree that it is probably the worst film we have ever seen. I am British and my two friends are both American so its certainly not a case of us having a homogeneous sense of humour yet we all felt that 'The Last Godfather' was so bad that we actually left the cinema about an hour and ten minutes in.
The film was absolutely terrible in every possible way and it saddened me to see a Hollywood legend like Harvey Keitel stoop so low. Slapstick can certainly be entertaining, Rowan Atkinson and Charlie Chaplin are two good examples of actors that make me laugh heartily but this was just puerile drivel. I am honestly finding it hard to give a sober and balanced perspective on this film when I'm enraged at just how flat, predictable and pathetic it was.
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So un-PC it should be called the Tardfather
"A mafia boss trains his mentally impaired son as his successor." I must confess that I have read few film synopses guilty of such derision. I must then admit that even few-ER films one-up themselves in the Shame Quotient as the South Korean/American co-production, The Last Godfather, has done to itself by naming the "impaired son"--> YOUNG-GOO.
This must be the South Korean progression of our dreadfully-Americanized "Fockers" (Meet the Parents etc.) which -- itself -- couldn't help but play/flail around with "the godFocker" term a few times on its very own (in its third "film" in the franchise).
Both films star Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Cop Land, Thelma & Louise) -- !!! TRIPLE EXCLAMATION POINTS IN-ALL-CAPS !!! -- and his career can go NO lower. The once highly-respected and lauded Keitel was at-one-time an elusive "get". Try explaining The Piano (shall I dare this upon anyone ... anyone?), Bad Lieutenant, Get Shorty or Bugsy. His appreciation for craft and the art of movie-making has been hijacked by a lesser-actor going through the motions for a paycheck.
I wouldn't bemoan the "loss" of a single actor to this greedy-phenomenon if it didn't actually lessen the entire medium and produce shoddy product. Keitel is just one of the latest in the stream of Hollywood-ized (as I'm sure it is global) sell-outs and the only reason he is getting my time-of-day (at present) is because there is nothing else of interest to mention in this bizarrely juvenile and despicable The Tardfather.
Yes -- cringe -- I could cry foul ... but isn't that the word they were REALLY aiming for all along?. This isn't much of a review; but a film this degrading and horrid doesn't deserve much. It is SHAME-less and low-brow. It aims for groans and NOT laughs. It insults those on screen and those-of-us unfortunate enough in an audience trying to give it a chance. It saddens me knowing that Harvey Keitel has this on his resume. It should mean nothing to me; but it IS tragic.
Run from this ... avoid it! I am hoping Keitel hasn't nailed the LAST coffin into his career with this wretched piece of _______.