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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.
not as classic as the first
You know when you see a film and there's a scene or two tacked onto the end, a "what happens next" that we don't really need to know?
"The Godfather, Part II" (and "The Godfather, Part III") are nothing but several hours of "what happens next" scenes that we don't really jneed to know, cashing in on "The Godfather" (which IS a great film of the gangster genre).
When this movie won the "Best Picture" Oscar, the hype was that it was a new kind of sequel. No, it's not. It's just a way for Francis Ford Coppola to make more money by turning "Godfather" into a franchise. It plays as a paste-up of parts of two movies: the flashbacks…
Unless you live under the world's biggest rock, you know exactly what this is: a flawless continuation of one of cinema's most revered stories, with Al Pacino delivering one of the greatest performances of all time as Michael Corleone.
The Godfather: Part II is one of the most legendary pictures ever released and I can honestly say I am surprised it took me so long to finally watch it. It was one epic film, with sprawling story lines and psychologically complex characters. But most people already knew that, so for my brief review I will discuss my overall experience with the film and my specific likes.
The film is ingeniously edited and I especially enjoyed the two narratives and how they related to one another. For Michael's story to reflect his fathers journey in a specific and unique way. How one man was building an empire and another man destroying it. Not exactly destroying it but attempting to keep…
It is one of those rare movies where the sequel is just as good or even better than the original. The movie shows two timelines featuring Don Vito in the past with Michael in the present. The movie is mostly original except for the flashback scenes which were adapted from the novel. It had great casting.
We had Euripides, they have Coppola.
There is a lot going in “The Godfather Part II,” it chronicles Vito entering the world of organized crime and Michael ascending in it and both stories have lots of characters and plot to wade through, but the core reason this film succeeds is quite simple: the truly masterful performance from Al Pacino. For unlike the first film where I was somewhat underwhelmed by his performance here he delivers an intensity that I have only seen on screen a few times. Equally as important is the fact that the screenplay separates him from his father enough so that his performance in no way feels like a rehashing of what Brando did in the first film.
Interestingly the weakest part of…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…