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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
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…
The Godfather: Part II fulfills Michael's descent into the deep depths of darkness - before he's burnt in lava, dons a black mechanical suit and subsequently crushes all rebellions in the galaxy. His estranged son Anthony becomes the leader of a revolutionary force against his father's empire, and defeats him by blowing up his casino space station. Sounds silly and all, but Michael might as well become Darth Vader. However, this lunge into the abyss is handled far more masterfully than George Lucas could ever have. I don't even want to think about it.
And to cut a long story short, I have no definitive answer on which Godfather is superior. I believe this…
I'll just say it up front: I still love The Godfather more.
Now that we've got that out of the way, I'll also say this: The Godfather: Part II is the best sequel I've seen to date. At no point does it seem like a cheap, unnecessary addition to the the story or a money-motivated indulgence on the part of the filmmaker. It's a complete film in its own right.
Three and a half hours all but flew by as I was drawn once again into the dark, shadowy world of the Corleone family. But this time, it's about the rise and rise (?) of Michael Corleone's empire. And because Michael grows colder and more ruthless as the film progresses,…
One of the greats. Will be remembered and revered forever. A classic.
The musical score plays an even greater role in “The Godfather: Part II” than it did in the original film. Nostalgic, mournful, evoking lost eras, it stirs emotions we shouldn’t really feel for this story, and wouldn’t, if the score were more conventional for a crime movie. Why should we regret the passing of a regime built on murder, extortion, bribery, theft and the ruthless will of frightened men? Observe how powerfully Nino Rota’s music sways our feelings for the brutal events onscreen.
At the end of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterwork “The Godfather” (1972), we have seen Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) change from a young man who wanted to stand apart from his family to one who did not hesitate…
The second part of the story is divided between the emerge of Vito Corleone, now played by Robert De Niro, and the beginning of Michael’s fall. I wont extend myself in this review, I’ll brief.
Michael is trying to expand his empire, focusing on cassinos. He faces the Dons of other families whi are not pleased with their arrangements and the federal government that is trying to prove his involviment with the mafia. Additionally, Kay shows to be increasingly frustrated with her relationship with Michael and want to separate.
Like the previous one, the dark and slightly grainy photography sets the tone of the story and portrays the historical period. The sountrack, the script and the cast, once again, makes the sequel just as grand – some will even say even more – as the fist.
Tan perfecta como la primera parte. Al Pacino extraordinario.
I watched part one and two back to back at the end of a 16 hour flight do it really doesn't seem fair to review them, but I really do think I like the first one better.
Those 2 final lap dissolves, from Michael alone at the dining room table trying to take control of his own destiny, to Vito waving his tiny hand as the train departs the station following the act of revenge that secured Vito's own, & from there to Don Corleone on that bench, master of an empire he never truly wanted.
& that scene with Jon Cazale in that hilariously unstable chair, throwing a stupid baby tantrum while trying to proclaim his intelligence.
& even Joe Spinell, doing yeoman's work (especially in the first 15 minutes) with just a glare & an unspoken sigh.
My favourite film. Still.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Didn't like it.
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