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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.
They say the sequel is better than the original, can't say I agree. While all the same elements where there - violence, tension, mob feuds, and betrayal - the film didn't grip me like it's progenitor.
Now set in Las Vegas and Cuba and with much of the drama taken up by a court room scene, for me, this film lost the thriller suspense which made the first so gripping.
While Robert De Niro's entrance as the younger Corelone was a welcomed addition to the story, Brando's genius portrayal and acting presence was a vacuum that couldn't be filled.
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One of the few sequels that is actually better than the original.
It feels pretty scary not giving this film your highest rating on the internet.
I watched this on Region B Blu Ray.
The transfer and Restoration by the Coppola's is just mind blowing. The image still looks aged but the detail and clear quality is fantastic. Skin tones look great and the score is perfect.
I'm going to say this before I start my review, this is the best film ever made. Their I said it! I just think the sheer magnitude of what this film was and its long lasting place in the canon of filmmaking isn't rival what so ever except for its predecessor. I absolutely adore this film, I've seen it around 12 times and it never fails to appease me on any fronts. I find ever single matter of production…
Hmm.. I have mixed feelings here. Let´s start with the good things..
This is probably the most perfect movie I have seen in my life, when it comes to technical point of view. The cutting, the scenes and the set, the acting and the collaboration between feelings displayed and feelings distributed.
The storytelling on the other hand is very poor, Non engaging and quite boring even though the story itself is very interesting this movie is a shining example of how NOT to tell such a story...
The transferring between present and past makes no sense, There si no connection what so ever between present and past. Thus gives the feeling of just filling out time... I am not sure this one is worth the 3 hour 22 minutes it takes from you..
I only ended up watching this because of De Niro, but to my surprise this movie was really entertaining.
"I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!"
Michael's arc in The Godfather is subtly tread. It is even more so in part II. This movie is always a rewarding rewatch because of his tiny character driven moments that are hidden in the complex plot. His unspoken agenda reveals itself slowly through his calculated attacks.
I used to feel this movie suffered from Brando's absence. The warmth of Vito Corleone is gone from the main story, leaving a family shattered and in pain. My perspective has changed, though, as I've come to admire his function in the flashbacks. Vito's story feels like instructions to Michael that are falling on deaf ears. To improve the life of his family, Vito is creating a foundation based on community and respect…
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