The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★★

This is the first time that the Vito superhero origin story felt a little on the nose, but it also contains two of the most breathtaking set pieces of all time: the great hall at Ellis Island and the Feast of Saints Little Italy backdrop for the Fanucci assassination.  But, I still love the Vito story overall, and DeNiro is simply perfect.

The Michael portion is compromised by being a bit too convoluted with plot machinations, a mistake the original never made.  On the whole, it’s still so, so rich.  The Michael/Fredo kiss is one of the most bracing and potent cinematic images I’ve ever seen.

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