Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
The Godfather: Part II fulfills Michael's descent into the deep depths of darkness - before he's burnt in lava, dons a black mechanical suit and subsequently crushes all rebellions in the galaxy. His estranged son Anthony becomes the leader of a revolutionary force against his father's empire, and defeats him by blowing up his casino space station. Sounds silly and all, but Michael might as well become Darth Vader. However, this lunge into the abyss is handled far more masterfully than George Lucas could ever have. I don't even want to think about it.
And to cut a long story short, I have no definitive answer on which Godfather is superior. I believe this…
Again, the new restoration of the film breathes new life into the picture.
It's true what they say: the sequel IS better than the original. A stylish, gripping masterpiece.
Great striking movie...* the character Michel will remain...as the godfather to save the family*
Like a child who's been fed broccoli, I wish to spit this film out and proclaim, "I don't like it!". Okay, maybe it wasn't THAT bad, but I was definitely disappointed, as I'd heard time and again how this was the greatest sequel ever made and perhaps even better than the original Godfather. I laugh at those claims, as this is nowhere close to even being in the same league as the original picture. I will say, I loved the portions that told Vito's back story and in fact, I could've watched an entire film made up of just that stuff. I wonder if Puzo's novel goes into more detail about the history and rise to power of Vito Corleone…
Still hugely prefer the first, if only for the fascinating transformation of Michael Corleone (he remains one of the great characters, even though his temperament and disposition remains in stasis for the 200 minutes), but wowza wooza
can't get over the pit-in-stomach hopelessness these movies provoke, they're so fucking visceral it hurts
that is all
wow, what a newsflash, someone calling THE GODFATHER PART II a masterpiece
Good sequel. I don't think it's the "BEST SEQUEL EVER MADE" everyone says it is but it's pretty good even if it's too long and kinda drags at times.
It' s enjoyable to watch this film while Michael Corleone takes the law in his own hands. He does everything to be the dominant one in the league, and I mean EVERYTHING -unfortunately-
The flashbacks were very pleasurable too. We are learning how Don Vito Corleone achieves his goals.
You have to see this great film! You' ll admire it if you aren' t a severe fastidious.
Re-watched Part I and II back to back. Part II is great. Part I is Perfect.
Much like its predecessor, The Godfather: Part II has its share of ups and downs. However, the ups far outweigh the downs. Like the original, Part II has its tremendous share of acting, with brilliant performances from Pacino and De Niro.
The story told was yet again very good and I was especially enthralled with the sidestory of young Vito Corleone. De Niro's Supporting Actor Oscar win was definitely very well deserved. The narrative as a whole showcasing the rise of Vito against the mystical fall of his son Michael is some of the best stuff I've seen.
But at the same time it suffers much like Part 1 in the sense that some of the scenes in the Michael…
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