Michael Corleone kills a lot of people in THE GODFATHER but I think if he'd murdered children *with his own hands*, the ability to connect with even a villain protagonist would have vanished.
|Posted: 24 July 2015 at 8:39am | IP Logged | 1
When Michael kills Fredo in PART II, he really becomes a villain, in my opinion. Vito is a sympathetic character because he takes cares of his family, gets justice for people, etc. Michael has to win at all cost. In the original, when he takes out the heads of the 5 Families and gets revenge for Sonny and his father in the process, this resonates in a positive way for the audience. In the second movie he kills his own brother, which goes against everything his father was. What makes it even worse is that you then see that Fredo was the only person that stood up for him when he enlisted in the Marines.
Michael is just as bad as Anakin is, as far as I'm concerned. Both are consumed by a lust for power no matter who has to die in the process. If Michael felt like he had to kill children to keep power/not appear weak he would have (like Don Ciccio). It doesn't matter if he ordered it or actually carried it out, the blood would still be on his hands.
Remember, too, that the GODFATHER movies are about decline, not redemption.