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The Godfather: Part II
I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies.
In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone 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,…
Making a sequel that can manage to live up to the expectations of the original is an achievement in itself. But when the original film is being universally hailed as the greatest motion picture ever made, measuring up to that same feat is undeniably a near impossible task. But then, that’s exactly what The Godfather Part II manages to accomplish by building upon the original in ways most sequels never dare to and is possibly the only film in existence that has the calibre to challenge the reputation of The Godfather. Boasting all the ingredients that made its predecessor one of world cinema’s greatest triumphs, The Godfather Part II remains one of the most critically & artistically successful films in cinema…
"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…
After seeing the Godfather twice in the past week I felt ready to watch the sequel. Over the years I've heard that this is one of, if not the best sequel ever made. After seeing it for myself I can conclude that this is one of the best sequels ever made. The Godfather part 2 isn't as much a sequel as much as it is a continuation of the first film.
The plot to this film takes place before the original Godfather and after the original. One of the storylines follows Vito Corleone and his rise to power and the other follows Michael Corleone as he takes on the family business. I don't want to go deep into the story…
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…
Considering the rating above this review, I could very well start it the same way I did my review for the first film of the trilogy, begging the question “how do you write a non-five-star review for The Godfather?” But whereas that film fell under the amongst film lovers oh so well known category of ‘films I like (a lot), but do not love’, I shamefully have to admit that for me The Godfather: Part II would rather fall under the ‘it was okay’ banner. I know, I know: the first two films are (supposedly) masterpieces, and many will even make a case for the latter overtrumping the former in terms of greatness. At least Part I sucked me in…
Stunning. The way the film mirrors the original, repeating the cycle of over again but in a completely new way, is like poetry. A very upsetting movie, but a damned fine one.
Watching both parts of this now make me want to see what The Godfather Epic is like; that cut combines both movies and orders it chronologically; I feel like most of the emotional impact of parts of this film would be lost because of that, even though the two parallel stories run almost completely independently. It's weird that way.
Also, at around 2 hours and 12 minutes, a character says to another, "Times are changing," and then the scene changes into a flashback. That made me laugh out loud and I pray that that transition was intentional.
No surprises here folks.
We may think we are through with the past, but the past is never through with us. One of the most beautiful movies about how one may have the whole world at your feet, but you still lose your soul. Truly one of the most moving, tragic movies ever made - and a blockbuster. I miss the days when movies could be all these things, instead of all this oscar bait stuff like Manchester by the Sea.
Due to the success of The Godfather, Paramount's calls for a sequel were soon put out to Coppola and to Puzo, with Coppola first declining the offer, feeling that The Godfather was a one off, the story arch concluding with the door being shut on Diane Keaton's deceived and discarded Kay in the final scene of the first film. Coppola certainly cannot be blamed for his reluctance at the prospect of constructing another Godfather film, as attempting to follow up The Godfather seemed a somewhat ludicrous idea considering the success and influence of the first film. However, after some time had passed, during which Coppola had started work on his latest project, The Conversation, coupled with the promise of a…
I prefer the first film, but you can't disagree that Part II was clever for having a complex 2 sides story while still shining, and making the right transitions. Some directors need to learn from this!
Now that I'm about to start Part III (and knowing already it's not that good) I would have given this a 4 stars review, but then I gave up for 4 and a half because I just couldn't say a thing about the performances of the actors, especially the newest addition: Robert De Niro.
I finally saw this! I like the first one better.
Film #51 of my pre 1990 challenge
If your film is going to be almost 3.5 hours long, it better match the standards that The Godfather: Part II sets because boy, this is the way to do it.
Managing to nail both a prequel and a sequel, we follow Vito's rise to the Godfather and his son, Michael's reign and subsequent fall after Vito's time. It switches easily between the two and absolutely nails both. This falls firmly into the category of sequels that equal, or better their predecessors.
Both stories are very satisfying and channel similar things in their own era. It's a nice contrast to see a rise vs a fall and it also introduces a younger Robert…
Maybe if this wasn't so canonized in American pop culture as one of the greatest movies of all time, I would have enjoyed it more but alas. I don't understand the hype for this trilogy.
Anyways, it's a thousand times funnier knowing Michael's attempts to legitimize the family takes place during the beginning of the Cuban revolution.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…