The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★

“Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”

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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.

Rating: B-

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