Nathan Pigg⚡️’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”
Hot take alert! Revered as possibly the best sequel of all time, and one of the best movies of all time, when the credits rolled for The Godfather Part II, I couldn’t help but feel massively disappointed.
As a fan of Part I, I don’t think Part II does anything better. One of my friends said that he felt that they used up a lot of Michael’s storylines in the back half of Part I, and I couldn’t agree more. It felt like they didn’t know where to go with Michael’s character. Most of this movie, he just sits in his office, or a dark room and looks at the ground. The man can’t even be a badass because he just sits around.
That goes hand in hand with my biggest issue with this movie, it’s so freaking boring. I can handle slow films. The Hateful Eight is one of my favorite movies ever, and that’s as slow as they come. But I never felt like we were building towards anything in The Godfather Part II. There is absolutely no reason why this needs to be 3.5 hours long. I felt like I got gray hairs just watching it. While I appreciate Robert De Niro’s performance, I didn’t care for the flashbacks at all. They didn’t change my opinion Vito Corleone, and they were a waste of time to me.
I don’t think it’s a bad movie, it definitely does certain things well. There are great scenes and flawless performances, but it can’t make up for how bored I was. I don’t mean to offend people who love this movie, nor am I trying to change public perception of it. I’m just telling you how I felt and how it impacted me. This will go down as yet another beloved movie that I simply don’t care for, and it breaks my heart to say that.