Rob’s review published on Letterboxd:
Well I finally watched The Godfather: Part II, and I am beyond excited about how much I loved it. I will admit that I was a bit worried about it not living up to expectations, but it completely exceeded any expectations I ever had. This film is smart, exciting, thrilling and full of great twists. I seriously have no complaints once again.
One of my favorite parts of this film is the background we get on Vito Corleone. Robert De Niro plays the young version of him, and it’s amazing seeing how he is able to go through the ranks in early twentieth century America. And it helps that De Niro is absolutely perfect for the role, like he is with most gangster role he takes. And I just loved the look of these flashback sequences as well as the great story told within them.
And then we get the actual film, which takes place about seven years after the last. Michael has been the head of the family for a while now, and pretty much everything is going wrong for him. The film opens with an assassination attempt on him, and that just leads to more problems and foundations breaking within the family. And it’s able to keep itself fresh throughout the entire three and a half hour runtime, so it must get points for that alone.
I loved this movie and everything about it. It might be tied with the first one as far as my level of enjoyment goes. I’m just really happy with how great this is, and I’m happy I can be apart of the massive fan base this movie has. I don’t think I can pick which Godfather I like better, because they’re both so close to perfect, if not just perfect. They’re two of the best crime dramas I’ve ever seen, and I am a massive fan. If you have t seen these two films, please do yourself the service of checking them out.