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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,…
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…
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…
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…
Puzo, Coppola, Pacino, De Niro. Was there ever any doubt this wasn't going to be incredible. The perfect sequel which did the impossible and surpassed the original in terms of ambition and quality, this, at times is almost hypnotic in the way it demands your attention. With two parallel stories acting as both a sequel and a prequel, we get the best of both worlds as Pacino and De Niro hook us with stories encompassing two generations of the Corleone Family. Riveting, compelling, timeless.
Not as good as the first one..but still good. Al Pacino is class.
So, I kinda-sorta-really don't like origin stories :/
For whatever reason they just don't do it for me (besidesX-Men: First Class) and this movie is no different. I'm head over heels in love with Michael Corleone's section of the film and while I certainly respect the section where we see young Vito's life, I couldn't care less about it.
I like mystery in a character. Especially in a character as cool and well played as Vito Corleone. Not saying that I have a better imagination than Puzo or Coppola, but I like letting it run away with me. Brando's performance and some of the dialogue in the first movie gives the right amount of hints at his life to leave me satisfied.
Sacrilege, I know, but that's just how I feel.
I think I took 7 years to watch it but it was good. Again the second half so much better than the first. Also Deniro 👍🏼👌🏼
For all the flaws that the original Godfather had, Part II improves upon and gives us an amazing Robert de Niro as young Vito Corleone.
Is this the perfect sequel? No, it has problems I feel a lot of people seem to mull over. As much as I like Robert De Niro, how could they give him the Oscar over Al Pacino? What's great about this film is it doesn't diminish the work done with Michael Corleone's character from the first film but actually and earnestly expands about upon it in a well written and logical trajectory. His continued journey deeper and deeper into the criminal world his family built, one that skews the meaning behind the often used phrase "It's not personal, its just business," sees Michael transformed into the ruthless Don he was never destined to be, the kind who executes his own…
I love every individual scene in this movie, but I've always felt the intended juxtaposition between the Vito scenes and the Michael scenes never fully registers. Instead it just plays out like one half continuation of the first, and the other half fan service - Godfather: Vito Rising. I think either half could exist on its own, and that neither really benefit from being part of the same bill - with one exception. Vito's decisions were to strengthen his family and friends first, his coffers second, whereas Michael acts for his business at the expense of his family. There's an elegance and a legitimacy to Vito's mannered dealings, while Michael gets increasingly ghoulish (personified by Pacino's increasingly hunched and Nosferatu-like…
Before yesterday, I would have said that Part II was miles ahead of the original. But now, I don't know. I think I more appreciate seeing a sympathetic portrayal of a once ruthless man than I was seeing the rise of a new generation of sociopath. Maybe I'm mellowing with age.
Regardless, Part II is still excellence in filmmaking and probably the best sequel in film history. It sees Michael trying to get legitimate by getting into the hotel and casino business from a new home in Lake Tahoe. When someone tries to kill him, he jetsets to both secure his future and to exact his revenge on his enemies. All while maneuvering through family drama. This story is intercut…
The dark side takes over.... not just in the family but in the society as well. Enemies everywhere, nobody is safe. The simultaneous stories of father and son makes it interesting. If I only could pull the third one in the row it would make my day.....
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…