The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★★

Everything about these films is absolutely perfect. First one probably has more iconic moments but Part 2 feels more familiar to me. I guess why I’ve always loved this more is because Pacino has more powerful screen presence and Vito’s backstory so elegantly plays into all the differences between him and Michael and how Vito meant to something different to Michael than everyone else. Michael’s arc in itself is outstandingly constructed but understanding the history of this family and its infamous founder makes Michael’s transformation heart wrenching and harsher. The way Coppola orchestrates these moving pieces stuns me. Also, De Niro is just so fantastic and his devotion to learn Italian and Sicilian dialect proves that. I have to confess that I revisited these partly because I wanted to know if I could put Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as my second favorite. It’s such a weird thing to dethrone this given what these films represent to me which you can read about in my review of the first part but right now I love Nichols’ film even more.

Favorite films
Great performances - Al Pacino

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