The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★★

Darker, bleaker, more thematically complex than its predecessor—which also means it's something of a bummer, as we witness the ruin created by a lifetime of evil works. Coppola presents a potent depiction of a growing generational divide, exemplified by the scene where Michael goes to his mother for guidance and we realize there's a gulf between their ways of thinking that will never be crossed, and the opulent production values are a leap forward from the relatively gritty original. But while I appreciate this sequel intellectually, I don't feel it in my bones like the first film.

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