Foggy’s review published on Letterboxd:
The question as old as time itself...since about the mid 70's...
Which is better, The Godfather or its counterpart?
The Godfather Part II is about as tightly wounded as films can get, it's damn long yet it never wastes any of it's time. The structure is a tad strange, split between Vitio and Micheal to create a similar narrative path between the two, yet giving you huge chunks of the stories at once, but only a minor complaint to the film. Part II has more emotional shock and awe, creating huge emotional twists and letting them play out subtly. I'd go as far as to say Part II is the way stronger film in many respects.
But when it comes down to it, The Godfather is far more memorable, with many scenes sealed in the concrete of pop culture forever, The Godfather Part II seems to be largely unrespected in that respect, everyone loves it, but it's not as quoted as instantly or parodied. Not saying it necessarily makes it a weaker film, but many would probably be able to name more scenes from The Godfather than The Godfather Part II.
Anything I said in the first Godfather review still stands relevant here of course. These films are the masterclass of filmmaking.