I. Simon’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Godfather is a film I’d call a classic. It’s practically impeccable on just about every level. The acting is exceptional, the filmmaking is top notch, and the characters, dialogue and narrative are all very much captivating. Deliberately paced for sure, but the film utilizes its slow pace to its full potential, all building up to what is a strong contender for one of the most memorable endings I’ve ever seen.
As for The Godfather Part II, I’m not going to lie, but given all of the praise it gets for supposedly being not only better than the first, but the greatest sequel ever made, I’m a bit disappointed. Yes, the performances are exceptional and the filmmaking/production values are top notch (just like in the first), but the two narratives here aren’t quite as captivating, cohesive or as focused as the narrative in the first film was, and whereas the slow pace worked well in the first film, The Godfather Part II rather feels tedious at points. You can really feel the 202 minute runtime.
Still, there’s plenty to like here, and The Godfather Part II has enough going for it to make it for sure worth seeing. It’s just not up to par with the masterful first film in my opinion, and a bit disappointing as well in that regard.