Jack Jankauskas’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hot damn! I love how tragic this was. I think it even improves the oringal film for me, now that I know the direction they took to further explore the characters of Michael and Vito. I now expect to think even better of these films next time I watch them.
What holds it back just a little bit for me is the runtime. I hate to be that guy who complains about long runtimes, but it did bother me a little bit here, especially since the film is stuffed with a lot of business talk that I don't care for all that much. But otherwise the story itself is fantastic. I absolutely loved how it tells two seperate stories set in two different timelines. One about the father, and the other about the son. They juxtaposed eachother beautifully.
In terms of which film I prefer, I really don't know. They both match up fairly equally for me for different reasons. I think I'd at least confidently say that this one impressed me more from a production perspective. But man, how it feels good to have watched a sequel that has cuased me to have such a debate.