Abdul Moeed Qurishi’s review published on Letterboxd:
“The film is direct and undirect memorable tale of tragic, sadness, grief, loneliness and family. The film is proof that it isn’t a fluke. Like its prequel Godfather Part, 2 is the masterpiece that positions itself as greatest sequel ever made. Only going deeper into Corleone family mythology, Godfather Part 2 best thing is its cast performance that takes his already outstanding story to even greater heights.”
Arguably better than the first GodFather, Part 2 is very simple yet there are inner mental complexities and development where Godfather Part 2 works and works quite best. Godfather Part 2 is a cinematic masterpiece like no other. The strong performances from its main cast are what makes Part 2 better and probably the best film in Hollywood. Godfather Part 2 tells two tales, one where a younger Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) rises from nothing to became and create Crime Empire and eventually become the Godfather, the film uses perfect flashbacks to tell the brilliant rise story of Vito. The other one tells the story of the current and more mature Godfather, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), who is trying to keep the crime and crime family together. The film is so long clocking more than 3 hours however it's not even boring, its funny. From the very first scenes up until the tragic and desolate ending, this film seizes hold of the viewer's consciousness and does not ever loosen its grip, even when the credits roll. I walked away from the movie with what felt like a deep resonance inside me. It is at once heart-wrenchingly sad and stunningly beautiful. Again the film is really about Michael and how writers were able to continue the growth of the character from the first movie. Godfather was about transformation of Michael, The Godfather Part 2 is the story of a man who seems to have it all but the only things he ends up not having are the only things that truly matter to him. Michael's character arc continues on from the first film, creating a great, epic tragedy and what I think is one of the saddest and yet most majestic endings in film. Just as Michael's family is dissolving, Vito's is just beginning. The two fragments of the Corleone history run side by side to depict the downfall of Michael's character. Constantly trying to please his dead father, Michael talks of the family but doesn't understand how to sustain it. Al Pacino gives his careers best as Michael Corleone in this one. Never does he looks like that someone will outshine him. Robert De Niro moments come along without any indication however those scenes are pretty brief but they are meaningful, impactful and solid. De Niro doesn’t really tries to Marlon Brandon but gives his own take and boy, it's wonderful. It's just great how the film focuses more on Michael and it's reflected by the look at Vito. Michael grows increasingly paranoid and unstable as he places the family business above all else. We see the differences in how the family is set. Vito's was built on loyalty and love, whereas Michael's family is built on fear and violence. It is a fascinating contrast which the film itself is built on, the whole scope is formed from this showing the pleasant start of the family and then it's tragic fall. There are so many classic scenes, Michael finding out the traitor, Kay's pregnancy reveals, all of the conversations with Fredo, the scenes at the hearing and the famous 'fishing trip' to name a few. The final shot of Michael sitting alone is one of the most memorable of all time. Winning an Oscar for his performance as well. Expect outstanding performance from the grand and huge cast as like original. The film also looks better visually though it gloomy and authentic photography is similar to the original. It’s the scenes that what makes it so well done, directed by Ford Coppola, he continues the same bland and mixture as like first one. There are so many great and memorable scenes here, dialogues that go well and would place their positions in many great ones and our mind as well. Godfather Part 2 is more decorated than original as it also garnered 11 Oscar nominees, however winning 6 including big ones like Best Picture, Actor and Director. Godfather-like its predecessor Part 2 is an achievement for Hollywood, rejuvenating and influencing filmmaking for decades now. Coppola and Co. provide us one of greatest sequels ever made.
Al Pacino’s Michael. De Niro in his own tale is superb. Outstanding screenplay. Memorable scenes and dialogues. Strong cast. Greatest drama in history. The rise of young Vito.