The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★½

"Keep your friends close but your enemies closer."

If the first film was about the consequences of absolute family loyalty, The Godfather Part II is about the consequences of self-preservation. The tight grip of control will only cause the things that matter most to you slip through your fingers. While I think Michael's time in Italy was the least best part of the first film, it is arguably the most important in terms of where he ends up in Part II. For the first time, Michael truly felt what it was like to be helpless. He took that feeling of powerlessness back home and once he became the new Don of the family, he would never let himself feel that powerless again. The Godfather films are mainly about family and what we do to protect them. In Part II we have to coinciding storylines. One in the present with Michael and one in the past showing Vito's early days. In this we see how Michael took the wrong lessons from his father. Michael didn't work with his family. He only used them to save himself and secure his future. Not their's. In that, he only pushed his loved ones away. Those who have power are always afraid to lose it and those who only strive for power will lose everything else in its place.

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