Duck’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Godfather Part 2 is without a doubt one of the greatest sequels to have ever been made and just like the first one, it’s one of the best mafia films of all time.
A sequel to The Godfather was not very necessary as it ended so perfectly and living up to the sky-high expectations set by the first film would have been incredibly difficult but The Godfather Part 2 not only serves as a terrific sequel but also a great prequel. This film is very long, even longer than the first one but since it goes through two different storylines this makes perfect sense and again none of the time is wasted.
Everything great about the previous film is taken and used even better in some cases. I found the overall direction and cinematography to have been improved and the music this time played an even bigger part with it being even more relaxing but even more grand. The effective dialogue and detailed performances make an appearance and despite this one not having Marlon Brando I thought Robert DeNiro did an excellent job playing a younger version of Vito Corleone and showing us his rise to power. Al Pacino however was just on another level. His acting was remarkable and there were times where dialogue wasn’t used because you could just tell what he was thinking and feeling from his acting. It just may be my favourite performance yet. Although this film doesn’t utilise the dark as much as much as the first one did, most of the editing was still very spot on and I loved how it transitioned from story to story.
The main story following Micheal Corleone is rather tragic actually and I was blown away by the emotion in some parts. I won’t get into too much detail as it’s hard to talk about without spoiling the film but wow. I think emotionally this hit me harder than the first one.
I am unsure about how this will hold up on a rewatch because I feel that I could watch the first one multiple times but I definitely would watch this again as it, just like the original film, is a masterfully crafted experience that was definitely worth the hype and one of the best films I’ve seen so far.
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