Blair Russell’s review published on Letterboxd:
The intermission here reminded me of how for all the Avengers fans, Endgame better have one too, considering its alleged runtime is not much shorter than this film.
I have watched all three Godfather movies before, on multiple occasions. I am keeping up the original review for this film as I am fine with it; the reason for me talking about this again is that last night I was able to view it theatrically, via Flashback Cinema. That is a deal done at various smaller theatre chains across the United States where on Sunday and Wednesday, they show a wide variety of older films; examples of what they will show in the next few weeks include When Harry Met Sally, The Philadelphia Story and The Blues Brothers. As almost a decade ago I got to see the first Godfather theatrically, it only makes sense to see the first sequel (something I think is just as legendary and a classic) that way also.
The OG review waxed poetic about why I agree with those that say this is among the best films of all time so I don't want to repeat that-I'll just mention how for a 200 minute movie there is never a dull moment as family is the focus when we see both the rise of Vito Corleone (where the only reason he emigrated to America was that a Mafia chieftain killed the rest of his family) and the downfall of his son Michael due to him losing his family via his actions, punctuated with a shocking act at the finale.
While only a few other people were there at the screening, that was of little importance to me and they caused no problems. Getting to enjoy the tremendous score and cinematography from Nino Rota and Gordon Willis respectively was a treat, as was experiencing all the great acting performances and amazing scenes. I am fortunate that I've seen plenty of all time classics theatrically, from the first two Godfather pictures to Schindler's List, Die Hard, Aliens, Psycho, Rear Window, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lawrence of Arabia, 2001, The Shining, The Exorcist, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, Jaws etc. Plenty of people don't have that opportunity even with the advent of TCM and Fathom Events teaming up to regularly show such films that way or their local chain doing something on their own. But I am happy I had this opportunity last night.