The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★½

A very worthy successor and another splendid film from Francis Ford Coppola. Seeing young Vito Corleone and the start of his empire was really interesting. I liked the way the film constantly juxtaposes flashbacks of his early years with the present time. It also focuses on Michael, who is now head of the family and has to deal with the responsabilities and risks of being in that position. There were many suspenseful and shocking scenes, but also some fine emotional moments as well.

Once again, Coppola extracts the absolute best from the cast involved and we have memorable performances here. Al Pacino as Michael Corleone was just incredible. You notice how much he's changed just by looking at his facial expressions. Now he's a cold-blooded, ruthless and determined individual. By the end of the The Godfather: Part II, you have that feeling of shock and amazement by Michael's extreme decisions, just like in the first film. Robert de Niro was also brilliant and totally nailed Marlon Brando's mannerisms and the way he talked as Vito Corleone. John Cazale played Fredo again and he also gave a powerful performance, with his confrontations with Michael being my favorite moments of the film.

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