Silent J’s review published on Letterboxd:
After news broke out that Hollywood was planning a sequel to The Godfather, no one could see how they could even try to top such a perfect and excellent film. Since this came out, this has been regarded as one of those rare films that surpass the original.
Al Pacino is incredible. Robert De Niro gives an incredible breakout performance. The whole cast is amazing. The script is fully realized. Works as both a sequel and a prequel. It's mesmerizing to see the rise of the father Don Corleone parallel the fall of the son Michael Corleone. Beautiful cinematography. Amazing direction. What else can I say but this is a perfect film.
If The Godfather was filmmaking at it's best, The Godfather Part II is filmmaking at it's most immortal, especially given that this came out the same year as Chinatown, The Conversation, and Blazing Saddles. 1974 was a damn fine year for film was'nt it?