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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…
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…
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…
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…
I'd like to thank the movie Gods for forcing Coppola to leave out that fat Clemenza and cast Michael V Gazzo as Frankie Pantangelli. One of the great unheralded performances.
And so continues the story of characters I don't really care about. I kid, to a degree, but overall, I like what they did with the story here a lot more.
The contrast of Michael and Vito here is the best part of the film. Throughout the film you really understand just how far Michael has lost his way. Every criminal act Vito did was for the betterment of his friends and family. They always came first. Michael, on the other hand, never wanted this life. He ends up losing his soul and humanity because of his perceived obligation to the family business. There's an emotional weight that the story capitalizes on in the second half.
Overall, the film still…
Part II of the Godfather Double Feature I caught at the local theater this weekend. Phenomenal film but this time it felt like an extended part of the first. Watching the double feature, you really do feel how Vito Corleone's presence is the dominant one in these movies.
Here you get to see how he built his legacy, well both of his "family" legacies. Robert DeNiro is fantastic as the young Vito, carrying Brando's torch for the character superbly. He's a magnetic and powerful presence on the screen. Pacino is still remarkable as well, you see how he takes care of business a bit differently from dad and how he deals with the stress of balancing work and family life…
Francis Ford Coppola managed to avoids the pitfalls that so often befall the sequels to hugely successful films with The Godfather: Part II, which proved to be a masterful continuation of the engrossing narrative that began in the preceding film.
The key difference between the first and second installments of The Godfather trilogy is that the latter belongs solely to Al Pacino. With Don Corleone meeting his tragic orange-associated expiration at the end of The Godfather, Pacino is left as the undisputed star of the franchise and it's a position that he revels in.
This, in my humble opinion, was Pacino's finest hour as a leading man. He plays Michael Corleone with such icy precision and brooding intensity that you're…
It's not Citizen Kane.
Better than the first one, which was also a perfect film.
larger in scope and ambition, Godfather II manages to improve on fantastic and make the classic first film look like a soap opera. here Coppola is let loose and he has made his masterpiece and definitive statement on the Coreleone saga. I can only imagine what the studio thought as he said he was going to intercut a prequel story featuring a then barely known Deniro as young Vito. It's a miracle the film works as well it does and still does.
I waited for a very long time to rewatch The Godfather: Part II, looking forward to the right moment, which I always believe to be a good looking bluray version of it, but thanks to the movie revival happening around here, I had the opportunity to rewatch this masterpiece remastered on theater, the same as happened with the first movie and also Taxi Driver and Pulp Fiction. How many people born in the 90s had such an opportunity? I'm very grateful for that. I won't actually review this because it has 40 years of reviews and comments around the globe. So I'll just leave my rating here, which can't be anything less than five stars.
The story was unnecessarily difficult to follow. I didn't really like the character that much either, they seemed like a bunch of unsympathetic whiny white men who were power hungry and used to getting what they want, yelling at people when they don't. Way too serious and complex.
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