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,…
Please De Niro do a great performance again, I need it! We need it!
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…
Good, but not even close to as good as the first one.
I'm so glad they never made a part 3.
More of the same.
That's not a diss, these are fascinating characters and they're fun to watch. This is still excellent filmmaking, but it feels more like a second season of a tv show, with the traditional slight sophomore slump they go through.
Is that unfair? More than a little since this is still better made than most films.
Worth watching? Absolutely. It just has to compete with its previous entry in the series.
An epic almost as great as its predecessor, The Godfather - Part II presents the viewers with two equally engaging storylines that are well intercut. Al Pacino helms the first with a performance even greater than in the first film, and de Niro helms the second with almost as much gravitas and depth as Brando. The directing is less subtle than the first film, and offers a lot of beautiful shots and great cinematography.
I prefer this movie over the original. There are not many sequels you can say that about.
Everything that it's said and much more.
Its probably sacrilegious to say that I didn't like this as much as the first, but its the truth. Its still a fantastic film, a wild ride, but I didn't find myself as engaged. Maybe it was that Mike starts off being unlikable, and I know thats the point, but it was hard for me to really care for him. In fact, I would have liked to have seen more of Young Vito.
I must have caught an edited tv version sometime back in the early 2000s because there were some scene I hadn't seen before but I mainly watched this to confirm to myself that no matter how great it is, it's not greater than Part I. And, it's not.
the parts with robert de niro were lowkey the only reason why i didn't fall asleep
Films that boring straight boys like. Recommendations are welcome.
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