The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★

Playing the part of both prequel and sequel to its legendary predecessor The Godfather (1972) with two parallel dramas, Francis Ford Coppola‘s crime drama The Godfather Part II (1974) delivers another intriguing story and more high quality acting performances in the series’ established style. An effort that was rewarded with multiple Oscars, including the first ever Academy Award for Best Picture win for a sequel.

I could rehash what makes the original great and carries over to The Godfather Part II (1974), but the truth is you probably just have one question: “Is it better than the original?” I’ll be blunt... it’s not. While I enjoy the increased tension and stakes as the old Don Corleone works towards his future criminal empire and the new Don Corleone struggles to stay afloat in a sea of enemies, I vehemently abhor how jarring the jumps between the two stories are. 

I understand that there are people who adore non-sequential storytelling and that there are definitely times for it, but this is not one of those times. The prequel segments of The Godfather Part II (1972) feel shoehorned in as filler, even if they are great on their own. Exceptional parts don’t necessitate an extraordinary final product.

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