The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★★

"My father taught me many things here, he taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."

Clocking in at 3 hours and 22 minutes, aside from things that were needed to be done, I still had to have two sittings for this one. Well, this must be the first time that I had the excitement to continue an unfinished viewing.

The Godfather: Part II
is undeniably a terrific sequel to a masterful predecessor. It holds up very well while it cohesively directs us to the story of young Vito Corleone as how he managed to build a powerful business empire after he fled from Sicily to New York City, and the rough start of Michael Corleone's seat as the new Don of the family.

The key elements retained from the first one are the complexity of family, loyalty, and the act of vengeance towards the people who wronged you. To put it simply, it's just showing you these common real-life verities packed together in a gangster film. And yes, that's what cinema's real purpose. If done right, then the praises go to you. Francis Ford Coppola worked for it. He knows how to do it right even in sequels, which typically have the reputation to be not as good as the first one. This sequel defies that concept. The timelessness of this film is unbelievable.

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