A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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…
Considering the rating above this review, I could very well start it the same way I did my review for the first film of the trilogy, begging the question “how do you write a non-five-star review for The Godfather?” But whereas that film fell under the amongst film lovers oh so well known category of ‘films I like (a lot), but do not love’, I shamefully have to admit that for me The Godfather: Part II would rather fall under the ‘it was okay’ banner. I know, I know: the first two films are (supposedly) masterpieces, and many will even make a case for the latter overtrumping the former in terms of greatness. At least Part I sucked me 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…
Visuals (mise-en-scene, camerawork, colour): 5/5
Sound (score, soundtrack, creation, mixing): 4/5
Acting (personal signature, believability): 5/5
Writing (plot, themes, literary techniques, script): 5/5
Direction (production, editing, form, style): 5/5
Pacino before he gets shouty. Marvellous. Still fails the Bechdel test of course.
I will never understand why people would prefer this to the first installment. The plot is dry, the characters uninteresting and camerawork miles behind that of its predecessor. FFC returns with soap opera for the insecure in his second Godfather film - a film in which his nephew Cage would've done as well wearing the limp wrist as Pacino.
9- A Classic Movie You Feel Slightly Guilty You Haven't Seen Yet
Film 37- #6: Francis Ford Coppola
It’s sorta funny. What this movie did best for was remind me to revisit the first Godfather film.
Everything has been said about the franchise, and I completely agree that this is one of the best sequels I’ve ever witnessed. It takes the perfection of the first film, and converts it into the power of expanding upon the first film, both beforehand and afterwards.
I feel like I can’t say anything to do The Godfather Part II justice. I will mention that I love how the film doesn’t follow typical storytelling, rather…
Just to mention one of the amazing things that this film is doing: flashbacks.
The intertwining of Vito's and Michael's lives, of the beginnings of the Corleone empire and its painful peak, is never tacky.
The fundamental similarities between the father's and the son's practices mix with their tragic differences, yet this complex relationship is completely coherent.
The flashbacks make it seem as though Michael is always remembering, constantly thinking about his father, wondering "what would Vito do? What would he say?".
Yet Michael is not Vito, and as much as Vito considered trust as the best currency and saw favours as the best instrument to get things done, Michael ends up relying mostly on betrayal and murder. Worse yet,…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Let me just review a few points in here:
- The plot basically divides into two timeline, where Vito Corleone was young and struggling in New York and Michael Corleone is mature and struggling in America
- These timelines explicitly show you what makes the man great and what not
- There are always pain for the main characters, probably because we are witnessing the breakdown of an empire that was glorious and have meanings to these characters
- Poor Fredo
- In fact, poor everyone
- It can be better by making the plot more focused because we see these little pieces of events that won't even add up to the story like the parties and kinda unnecessary session…
I don't understand why people think it's better than the first. The de Niro stuff is kinda meh.
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