Jak-Luke Sharp’s review published on Letterboxd:
Paramount. Coppola Restoration Blu-Ray
“You broke my heart. You broke my heart!”
Coppola’s sequel/prequel is the definition of outstanding. It stands as a sequel, a prequel, and if you really want, it can also be viewed as a standalone feature. For a middle film in a franchise with connective tissue, it’s a truly astonishing achievement. The idea to layer and mirror the past, present and future with Vito’s and Michael’s separate rise to power works with such effective prowess I almost can’t believe they pulled it off. Something I feel Lucas tried but ultimately failed to achieve with his space opera. DeNiro is outstanding, he’s flawless and that Award was in his back pocket the moment he arrived on set. Pacino is complex, he’s subdued, stoic and outlandish. A performance for the ages.
Placed 3rd on my Top 250 List - boxd.it/XTfu