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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,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Didn't like it.
Excelente continuação para o grande sucesso da parte I. Neste filme acompanhamos Vito Corleone desde os tempos de criança quando fugiu da Itália após ter sua família toda morta por um mafioso local. Chegando na América, adotou o sobrenome Corleone referente à cidade natal e cresceu sempre lutando para sobreviver juntamente com suaesposa e filhos que ianm nascendo no decorrer dos anos. Depois de matar um mafioso que exigia porcentagem dos ganhos aos comerciantes locias, o seu poder, influência e riqueza começa acrescer cada vez mais, conquistando assim o respeito de todos. Paralelamente, já nos anos 50, o caçula Michael tenta expandir os negócios da família buscando novos investimentos em Havana eLas Vegas e se depara cada vez mais com…
"If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone."
I'm not gonna' say much (quite frankly, what could I say that hasn't already been said a thousand times?) but first things first: how in the HELL did Al Pacino not win an Oscar for this? I mean sure, this is a masterpiece on so many levels and Coppola deserves all of the credit he is given and more but without Pacino's inimitable performance as Michael Corleone it simply isn't remotely one of the greatest films of all-time. So yeah, wow. Also Robert De Niro as young Vito. Also everything about this movie. The acting is phenomenal from even the…
Michael Corleone could still get it, and this time it's three hours long.
Despite the film running at 200 minutes long, this classic sequel is an extraordinary accomplishment for the cast and its director, Francis Ford Coppola. Very tragic and just as violent as its predecessor, Part II does a fantastic job at chronicling the parallel of young Vito's rise to Michael's fall as he amorally continues to build his family's empire. Pacino was robbed of an Oscar, and De Niro was fully deserving of his Best Supporting Actor. Personally, this is my second favorite sequel behind Nolan's "The Dark Knight".
A truly ravishing and dark film that parallels Vito Corleone's rise from humble beginnings to Michael Corleone's descent into paranoia and darkness as it features an amazing cast as well as lush visuals as it's one of the rare sequels that is either better or as equal as its predecessor. "I know it was you Fredo! You broke my heart! You broke my heart!"
Én továbbra sem lettem meggyőzve, hogy mitől olyan nagy durranás a Keresztapa trilógia. Nézzetek el nekem, hogy ilyen vagyok.
Tényleg egy nagyon igényes alkotás, aminek a színészi játékai és a kamerakezelése is kiváló, de valahogy mégsem olyan, hogy napokig ámulatba tudnék esni miatta.
A történet néhol teljesen zavaros és annyi szereplőt felvonultatnak, hogy néha elvesztem a fonalat. Mindenesetre egy fokkal azért jobbnak éreztem ilyen szempontból az első résznél.
Sprawling, fierce dissection of American capitalism through bracing prism of Mafia violence and betrayal, yet laced with unexpected sadness.
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