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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
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,…
"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'm sure to some the idea of following up The Godfather - which many consider the pinnacle of cinema - was not a wise one. But when The Godfather: Part II finally revealed itself to audiences worldwide on December 20th 1974, most - if not all - were truly mesmerized by it.
This was not just some sequel. This was a sequel with brains. A sequel that was just as - if not more - brilliant than its predecessor. It perfectly built upon the events and happenings of the original. It was exquisitely told. And it added so much more life to most of the characters from the original.
It did a marvelous job with the backstory of Don, Vito…
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,…
Looking back on my movie diary it has been almost five years since I saw this, possibly the greatest sequel ever made. During that time I've watched almost 3000 films, but hadn't returned to the Corleone saga until the missus popped it in on Thursday evening.
Much has been made of whether the second chapter of this Italian/American crime family drama is even better than Coppola's original film. Some like the De Niro factor that appears here, others prefer Brando's understated greatness, but to try and separate them seems futile as they both give incredible performances in a multi-layered story as complex as it is compelling. We get part sequel part prequel as the origin story of Don Vito's early…
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…
Better than the first one? No - only bigger, with less "big moments", and a lot more strained seriousness.
The Godfather Part II is the best sequel of all-time, it not only works as a sequel, but surpasses it's predecessor, with such great pacing, screenplay, score, characters etc.
I can't touch this classic with my insignificant words. I am not worthy.
I respect THE GODFATHER more than I love it. I know it's place in film history and there are things I really like about it. But for me, THE GODFATHER PART II is where it's at. While the first film was very much about fathers and sons and the difference between generations, this second film takes those themes to epic proportions, spanning decades, countries, and continents. It's ambitious storytelling that could've easily fallen apart, but Coppola knows when and for how long to cut back and forth. At times, I wish the Vito flashbacks were their own film, though I can't deny the fact that they do serve to highlight Michael's downfall.
But it's that closing scene that gets me.…
Effortless brilliance: part 2. Still thinking about those cross dissolves across time. Incredible.
A rare sequel that matches the greatness of its predecessor. Al Pacino showcases his greatest performance ever put to celluloid (and possibly the greatest performance in film history) and is complimented by one helluva lineup: Robert De Niro, as a young Vito Corleone working his way from the gutter; Michael V. Gazzo; Legendary method actor and mentor to Pacino, Lee Strasberg with Robert Duvall, John Cazale and Diane Keaton (who revive their roles with more complexity).
Cazale is to be applauded for his reprisal of Fredo Corleone, the "weaker" brother of the three, who shows how desperate one man can stoop to gain respect.
The Godfather Part II took home 6 academy awards (including Best Picture and Supporting Actor) and…
As everybody (rightly) says, the rare sequel that may be even better than the first. Great storytelling.
Suffers from pacing issues, but god damn are the performances incredible. The cinematography is spot on as well, especially in the De Niro timeline.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…