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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…
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…
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…
Wow! This sequel is almost as good as the original! In fact, there may be some that say it is more of an "equal" than a sequel!
The last hour.
And the last 15 minutes of that last hour.
Definitely made up for the 2 hours before that slightly bored me at some parts (sorry...)
Also, shout out to Gordon Willis for some top notch cinematography, especially the coloring and use of shadows, and the acting performances of De Niro, Keaton, and Cazale. That was some good shit.
The Godfather, which I consider to be my favorite movie, was nearly topped with The Godfather: Part II, the sequel to Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 drama. While The Godfather is undeniably brilliant, its sequel pushes the boundaries even further. Everything that the original got right, its sequel takes advantage of - and it doesn't forget where it comes from. In fact, it embraces its roots, and rather than improve upon the first film, it seamlessly continues the story, as if The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II are the same movie. As a result, things have a strange sense of authenticity.
Out of all the films i have seen, there are only a handful of moments that I can call…
michael, why are the drapes open?
This is one of the few true 5/5's. Other 5/5's succeed at what they set out to achieve and are extremely enjoyable, but this one is on another level.
Really depressing movie.
I have to say, I enjoyed watching the prequel more. This one felt like it's missing somthing.
Looking forward to watch the third piece and I hope it closes the loop.
Very good fellow of the first movie. But the backward looks are sometimes a little bit confusing. You didn't realize as quickly as necessary the beginning.
The Remainder #29: The Godfather: Part II
I knew going into this movie that it probably wasn't going to be as good as The Godfather, but it certainly wasn't bad at all. I enjoyed every minute of this movie, although the plot did get crowded often. But Francis Ford Coppola has made one of the best sequels I've ever seen, and in doing so successfully follows up one of the best movies ever made.
Much of the credit for the credit for the film has to go to the actors more than almost anything. Pacino (despite already starting to show signs of campiness) leads a great movie, while De Niro takes the history of the universe and makes it into…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…