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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…
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.
HOLY SHIT WHY HAVE I NEVER SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE?!?!?!? I've seen the first Godfather on a number of occasions and I love it to pieces, but for some reason I never got around to the sequels. I'm so happy I saw this. It's just absolutely amazing, putting the first film to absolute shame, and that's obviously something that's very difficult to do. Everything about this movie just screams perfect. The expectations for this franchise are so unbelievably high. It doesn't surprise me that so many people were let down after seeing Part III. How the hell can you top this?
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200 minutes have never felt so short.
half of this movie is almost as good as the first and the other half is better
How low can a man get? Lower. This is as miserable a movie as any I’ve ever seen. The cheap thrills you get from watching the Corleone family conduct its business in the original film are gone. There’s no “horse’s head” moment here, that’s been upgraded to the grisly scene where a nameless, faceless woman has been murdered in some unspeakably awful manner for no reason but blackmail. If the point wasn’t driven home enough, we have Tom Hagen telling her half-naked, confused companion that he shouldn’t worry too much about what happened. Already a quietly ruthless character, we see him now coming into his own, a close second to the Don in the running for most menacing in the entire family. Welcome home.
I sat down last night and just impulsively decided to watch The Godfather, and was compelled to immediately watch Part II today when I got up for my day off.
Like the first film, The Godfather Part II is an example of faultless filmmaking, and expands the scope of the first in a way that is both narratively grandiose but at the same time completely natural. The contrasting stories of the ascent of Vito Corleone (with it's beautifully realised turn of the century Sicily and New York settings) and the descent of Michael Corleone (with it's amazingly realised late 50's America and Cuba), are truly incredible.
This is another masterpiece, and easily the best sequel of all time.
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The Godfather Part 2 is one of the most perfect sequels of all time. Improving on perfection is hard to do but Francis Ford Coppola did just that. Which makes it all the more depressing that the third one is so bad. But I'll get to that later, for know I'll say that Godfather 2 is a masterpiece of filmmaking just like the first its a blueprint for how to make movies. And in this case how to make a sequel right. Everything from the acting to the music to the cinematography is perfect. A grand epic sequel. Never gets old.
I'm not sure why I rated The Godfather: Part II higher than the first film. I think I like The Godfather better. But I try to go with my first gut reaction when I rate things and never go back on the first number that comes to mind. So, this is better by a point.
I like how misshapen the movie feels. It's relatively anti-climactic. I mean people die toward the end but Michael (and Vito) never really feels like he's got a nemesis with power to match those in the first film.
There is almost no need for me to say anything about this film.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…