The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★½

As with its predecessor, "The Godfather Part II" once again presents an image of crime, violence and mob life that is almost unnecessarily glorified. However, more mature viewers will be in awe of the complexity and richness of the characters portrayed, and the lengths to which the actors go to illustrate and foreshadow their emotions.

Picking up around ten years from where "The Godfather" ended, the sequel shows Michael Corleone transformed into a ruthless mob boss who has as few qualms about ordering the death of his own brother as he has about putting on a suit in the morning. This storyline is interspersed with scenes from Vito Corleone's early life, from his escape from the remote Sicilian town of his birth to New York, through his early adulthood and finally to his high position in the crime world. The ending may leave some feeling empty, but the film's high points come in seeing what (usually messy) fate the characters will eventually meet.

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