The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★★

"I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart."

michael corleone has a quiet intensity bubbling just below the surface. while we witnessed his ascent in part I, we witness his collapse in part II. what's even sadder is we watch his father rise in conjunction with his son's moral decay. the business saturates into the personal until they're one and the same. critics differ in their assessment of his character type, is he a villain or a tragic hero? i think each part offers a different assessment. part I we watch a young man get pushed into a life that he didn't choose for himself. part II we watch a man get comfortable in his role, and morph it to suit his needs. part I seems to offer a more sympathetic man, and part II shows a man in control and accountable to the bursting rupture of pain he caused in his family. but coppola leaves us with the part I michael, a quiet young man who didn't choose any of this for himself. sitting at the table, while his family speaks just outside of the frame.

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