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
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…
"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…
"My father always taught me; Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
In continuation of my Godfather Easter Marathon, I watched Part II today after some early morning traveling and family visits. My family gatherings were a little less violent as a Corleone affair, but I had a good time. And I hope you all had a great holiday as well.
Now, I hadn't seen Part II in long time. It's runtime always prevented it from being a movie you can just casually sit down and watch whenever you want. This is both a curse and a blessing. It's a blessing because this allows the sequel to be bigger, bloodier, and more dense. And after long hard thought, my…
Roughly a month ago, I revisited The Godfather for the first time in half of my life, about 14 or 15 years. I always knew it was a brilliant film, but it took me seeing it again to truly understand it's wonders, the artistry of the film making. When the film finished and the review had been typed, I knew the next step was to take a journey through the much beloved, legendary sequel, which also had been viewed only once by these eyes prior so many years ago.
The length of the film is daunting before it actually begins, my mind warped by so many overlong, bloated modern films that I go into a film from another era expecting…
Note: This review is based on the Coppola restoration.
The Godfather: Part II is a fascinating movie. Its narrative structure always seems on the verge of breaking down at any moment, and the plot and pacing are very messy and convoluted. It lacks the focus of the first film, but it more than makes up for it with its raw power. It gathers strength over time, building the emotion all the way till the final scene, one of the most haunting in all of cinema. Its themes and message emerge as the film goes along, and there is no doubt that it is a richer, darker (literally) and more complex film than the original, although there are some serious flaws…
The most amazing thing to me is how the scope is so drastically expanded over the first movie, and yet the spirit is 100% consistent. Nothing is out of character, nothing is missing. Perfect.
Needs more Diane Keaton. Otherwise perfect.
Coming into this movie I was so excited, because the first film of the series was an absolute masterpiece. I wouldn't say I was disappointed, but I wasn't extremely elated after watching its entirety. The problem is that it succeeds one of the greatest films of all time, so you surely expect pure greatness from this film as well. However, you don't watch an impeccable film. There's a real difference in appreciation for the 1st film rather than this one. Now that I have seemingly discredited this film, let me discuss the positive aspects of this film and why I gave it a great rating.
This film does a great job in telling two different stories: one of Vito Corleone's…
I love Michael Corleone.
Even though the first Godfather is a classic, I actually enjoyed Part II even more. I loved the narrative structure of having half the store as a prequel to Part I and the other half being a continuation of the events of Part I. The split adds some weight to each character's motives, and I found myself even more engaged in the film than I was with Part I, specifically with the prequel story of Vito Corleone.
Also, just like its predecessor, Part II is a sublime blend of wonderful acting, dialogue, music and atmosphere.
I Like 1974's The Godfather: Part II.
A great film, but nowhere near as good as Part 1.
Francis ford Coppola made one of the greatest films of all time, then he did it even better, takes some talent to do that.
The Corleone saga continues with a prequel and a sequel in the story. Al pacino was excellent in this movie as Robert di nero Stucks with you for his amazing performance as Vito Corleone. It was sad as Al pacino didn't won an Academy Award for his performance. Another Legendary movie in the Godfather.