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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,…
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…
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,…
"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…
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen 99/100 (A)
Let's talk about the greatest performance of all-time. Let's talk about Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II. Why do I love film? There's are a million different ways I can answer that but the most honest way being that I live to communicate with the art form. You don't choose the cinema, the cinema chooses you. I relish empathy, pathos, and things transcendental. I love being moved and I love to be haunted. In The Godfather Part II, I am all of those things simultaneously. Al Pacino's performance is the reason I love film. Pacino's portrayal of Michael Corleone is the reason I will always believe that magic exists.
Pacino's performance is fascinating. I have never…
I Like 1974's The Godfather: Part II, I Like It Because It Just Turned 40 Years Old This Year In 2014.
The killings weren't as beautifully done, but I loved the Vito back story and watching Michael become a Don.
A benchmark for the the genre, for sequels and who knows what else.When has a story been elongated so elegantly ("Rings" devotees can sit right back down...)? Despite the unimaginative "II" tacked on to the title to service the...er...unimaginative, Pacino was perhaps never better and what Gordon Willis practically had to dupe the studios into signing off on in the original, he perfected in the follow-up. Although it would go onto to be marred years later by the final installment, the stands shoulder to shoulder with Coppola's other masterworks. Some may carp about the self-referential structure, the bulk that might have been edited out in more ruthless hands, but what it gives back, as Eco would have said, in it's "living textuality."
Follows many of the same beats of the original, but still an excellent film. I never really felt the 3 1/2 hour length, partially because the film moves back and forth between two different stories.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to atted a re-release screening of The Godfather: Part II on the big screen. While I have watched this Film numerous times over decades, I had not actually watched in a theater. Many people arrived to watch and as soon as the credits rolled you could feel the anticipation of the next scene in the crowd. Everyone sat solidly following the storyline and numerous comments were thrown at the scenes on the screen along with much laughter at the Italian nuances on-screen. By far, this Film is a well drawn out homage to antiquated storytelling along the lines of older Films from the 1930's and 1940's. Watching John Cazale on screen almost brought tears to my eyes due to the horrifying conditions of his demise. John Cazale would have definitely been one of the best actors of the 80's if he had lived. R.I.P. John Cazale.
Please don't talk to me about Fredo Corleone.
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