Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
The Godfather: Part II
I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies.
The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba
It’s easy to assume that a complex plot is a sign of a great film. But the best films are deceptively simple in the same way that the greatest dancers make their movements look astonishingly easy. The Godfather creates its world so gracefully that we begin to think that it's a straightforward tale. But it's not simple to create a world so morally ambiguous, to introduce unforgettable characters, and to keep viewers fully cognizant of a plot so dense.
The Godfather: Part II doesn't make anything look easy the way The Godfather did. You can follow the plot threads, of course, but the constant breaks in Michael Corleone's story make it hard to continually keep returning to his dark world,…
A very worthy successor and another splendid film from Francis Ford Coppola. Seeing young Vito Corleone and the start of his empire was really interesting. I liked the way the film constantly juxtaposes flashbacks of his early years with the present time. It also focuses on Michael, who is now head of the family and has to deal with the responsabilities and risks of being in that position. There were many suspenseful and shocking scenes, but also some fine emotional moments as well.
Once again, Coppola extracts the absolute best from the cast involved and we have memorable performances here. Al Pacino as Michael Corleone was just incredible. You notice how much he's changed just by looking at his facial…
"This is the business we have chosen!"
- Hyman Roth
This film's legacy is nearly impossible to live up to. Often cited as one of the greatest films ever, winning 6 academy awards, and boasting a star-studded cast; such a line up of positives are certain to make for a disappointment in any other situation. But not here. The Godfather part II manages to live up to its name, and excel in every area possible. Along with part I, this is a near-perfect cinematic experience.
The Godfather part II tells a tale of two Corleone's; father and son. One focuses on a young Vito Corleone as he comes to America after his family is killed by the Mafia chieftain in…
I believe I was asked in the comment section of my review of The Godfather why I liked Part II more than the first Godfather-film. I think I know the answer now. The story. Personally, I found the story so much interesting in Part II, here, it's toned down a little bit, it's much smaller, and personal, and about the relations between different characters. It's a tale of father and son, how one rises, while the other falls.
Robert De Niro's Vito Corleone is quite different from Marlon Brando's Vito, and I personally found him more fascinating than the older Vito, because we get to experience Vito grow, from a humble, grocery worker to a man with power,…
"My father always taught me; Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
In continuation of my Godfather Easter Marathon, I watched Part II today after some early morning traveling and family visits. My family gatherings were a little less violent as a Corleone affair, but I had a good time. And I hope you all had a great holiday as well.
Now, I hadn't seen Part II in long time. It's runtime always prevented it from being a movie you can just casually sit down and watch whenever you want. This is both a curse and a blessing. It's a blessing because this allows the sequel to be bigger, bloodier, and more dense. And after long hard thought, my…
A worthy sequel and prequel to the "Godfather" with some interesting story arcs.
Classic . Part II. See review of the prequel.
This is probably the longest movie I have ever seen. I don't think I've ever watched a film with an Intermission in it before (Unless you count Monty Python's intermissions for comedic value). Unlike with the first part, I really did notice the time go by during this movie. Unfortunately for me, it was too long which really hindered my overall enjoyment of the movie. Also, I thought it was quite poorly paced, being a lot slower all around when compared to the original.
However, I'm not saying that this was a bad movie. Again, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. While I wasn't that happy with Michael's character, and the way they moved his story on, I did love the…
I Like 1974's The Godfather: Part II, I Like It Because It Turned 40 Years Old This Year In 2014.
I do not think I will be able to bring myself to watch Part III after watching the perfection that is Part II. I can see why this was the first sequel to win for Best Picture.
A sequel that somehow managed to compare to it's legendary predecessor. The Godfather: Part II is the story of Michael Corleone's rise and fall and how his father, Vito Corleone, rose to become a Godfather. Robert De Niro's portrayal of a young Vito Corleone was a remarkable success given how incredible Marlon Brando's performance was in The Godfather. I did not find this movie to be better than Part 1, as a lot of people have argued over the years, Part I vs Part II. I did not find the Frank Pentangeli story line to be all that compelling, as I felt it seemed to never end. I did, however enjoy Vito's rise to power, I thought it was easily the greatest part of the film. The final shot of Michael Corleone, sitting, thinking of what his actions have caused, to be such a beautiful part of the story.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen 99/100 (A)
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