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The Godfather: Part II (1974) Movie Reviews

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Yojimbo
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03/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Godfather Part II" by Yojimbo

It's difficult for me to think of this as a sequel per se. It's a true and natural continuation of the original and one of the best films ever made in it's own right. The way the story flits between the story of Vito's humble beginnings when Sonny, Fredo and Michael were infants and compares and contrasts where their lives have brought them is magnificent, the relationship between Fredo and Michael being particularly poignant. We see how Vito used violence to settle scores and remove the opposition, where an increasingly cold and hard Michael uses it as matter of factly as a business tool, even on his own friends and family. Coppolla's uses of light breaks with tradition, choosing to contrast the outside world with the Corleone's dark underworld which is constantly steeped in blackest sha...

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Daniel Corleone
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08/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Godfather: Part II review

Not everybody would understand the impact of The Godfather series unless you completely give your utmost attention and interest on the themes. Many film lovers would say that The Godfather II is better than the first. I beg to differ since the first chapter will always be the basis of a sequel and it had a more complete solid cast and positive themes. Marlon Brando declines but Robert De Niro excels as the young Don on the rise. It showed the history of the Corleone family while simultaneously presenting the power of his youngest son Michael, intensely executed by Al Pacino. Memorable lines included/nominated in AFI’s 100 quotes: Michael – “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.” Hyman Roth - "Michael, w...

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4/4 

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The Film Rebel
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11/04/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Keep the first one close, but this one closer : )

Quite possibly one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, sequels ever made. Francis Ford Coppola's incredibly breathtaking sequel to his masterpiece "The Godfather" does an excellent job of picking up where the last one left off. But what makes this stand out from most sequels is that it manages to be the second chapter of the epic saga while simutanteously being the prequel to the first chapter.

With that being said, let's talk about the plot, shall we? The film showcases two intertwining story lines. One showing Vito Corleone's rise from living in the lower class of Little Italy, New York to heading one of the most infamous crime families in America. In the other story, we pick up after the events of the first film. Michael is carrying on the family business and finds himself betray...

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4/4 

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ryan
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05/21/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Great sequel

The story told by this sequel wouldn't have been made if the first movie had followed the book. It does follow the story in every way except for the fact that in the ending of the book, the Corleone family ends up going legitimate with the Genco olive oil company along with other businesses that stay within the boundaries of the law. I'm glad they made a sequel. The alternate path Michael Corleone took to stay in Organized Crime is far more interesting than if they made a movie about the family going straight. The movie shows how Don Corleone (the Godfather) escaped the Italian mafia in his native Sicily and came to America an orphan. It is, in a way, an all-American story of a boy having nothing, to a man who had acquired respect, fear, and love from the community in which he lived....

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4/4 

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mdtinney
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08/12/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Al Pacino once again shines and steals the show!!

Coppola's masterpiece is rivaled only by "The Godfather, Part II" in which the 1940s setting of the first movie is extended backwards and forwards to reveal the corrupting effect of power...The film, breathtaking in its scope and tragic grandeur, shows two parallel stories extending two different time periods: the early career of young Vito Corleone seen first around the turn of the 20th century in Sicily, and then in 1917, building his criminal underworld in the Italian ghettos of New York City, post World War I, plus that of his son, Michael (Al Pacino) desperately trying to keep his family together...
Al Pacino's performance is quiet and solemn... He is cold and ruthless, with a whole contrast from the idealistic innocent war hero we initially met at the beginning of the first film......

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4/4 

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Owtkast
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08/26/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Another offer.. Don't refuse

I was in my early twenties when I saw the "Godfather" series movies. At the time both movies were extremely powerful and engaging. Even at that tender age, I immediately understood the movies' importance and impact in cinematic history. Some of the so-called classics of that time included "Bonnie and Clyde", Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"...many great movies about anti-heros; or bad people you couldn't help but to like. Truely it was a good time for the cinema, but nothing came close to the Godfather saga. What I've noticed over time, is that the first godfather seems to hold up better. When these movies pop up on the cable channels I am more inclined to watching the first then the second. Simpy put, if time is the bellweather, I think the first film as better stood thst test for me....

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3.5/4 

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