jan_klobucic’s review published on Letterboxd:
Wow! The first time I watched the original Godfather and this movie I thought that the first one was much better, but after seeing this again, that margin is much narrower.
The story picks up a few years after when the original ended and it follows Michael Corleone once again. The biggest points of this movie are actually very similar to the major points of the original just with a new context. That didn't bother me a lot, but the original gets some bonus points for doing it first.
As I said, the story follows Michael Corleone and Al Pacino returns to play the character. He is just brilliant and he gives one of his best ever performances and I don't know how he didn't win an Oscar for either of the first two Godfather films, he was just too good to not win at leas tone. Along with him, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, and Talia Shire all return with Shire even getting an Oscar nomination along with Pacino. There a also lots of new characters and actors and some of them also got recognition from the Academy. Robert De Niro, Lee Strasberg, and Michael V. Gazzo were all nominated for a best supporting actor and they all deserved it and De Niro ended up winning the award and I can agree with that. He played a young Vito Corleone and that whole story was very well done as we follow him on his way to becoming a Don.
Along with all the fantastic performances all the things that made the first one so great are here like the world building, the fantastic dialogue, the music and the overall filmmaking.
The first two Godfather movies are just legendary and should be seen by everyone at least once as you jut have to see the masterpiece Coppola managed to create.
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