Alex_Lillquist’s review published on Letterboxd:
If a film makes you feel like a better person after watching it, even more so after a good nights rest it's probably more than likely worthy of a perfect score. Of course as much as The Godfather Part II has improved me it just as much destroyed me along the way. While I don't think there are as many memorable scenes here as there were in the first one (though don't get me wrong, there are still plenty. It's just hard to beat an angry James Caan), the emotions and relations of each character felt 10x as powerful as they did previously. Seeing Michael's relationship with his wife, Kay, and his brother, Fredo, fall apart throughout the film is probably the most heart wrenching thing I've ever had to endure in a film. Whether it's the news his wife gives him about his son or the hug between Michael and Fredo towards the end, it's been a long time since I've felt so connected and devastated for a family on the screen. IT BROKE MY HEART!! I love that scene. Like the first one, it's one of those films where you don't really want to watch any more films after it's over. Can it really get better from here? Probably not, but why risk it?
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