Simply Cinema’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Well, it's still a drama that has quite a few moments that drag out, but I felt like I got a lot more from this than the first. Not as big of a fan of the first as it feels very shallow of content at times and not the best at keeping my interest. While this had those moments, it was less frequently.
I had much more of the feel that lovers of the Godfather story probably have for this, and that's from how mellow and dramatized it can be. The family feud continues and I could catch on to things a bit more even as I did lose connections between characters, but that just shows how much this is not quite for me. It was primarily the more frequent expressiveness in the acting a few more shootouts that caught my attention to keep focused.
It's still not top notch, but maybe sometime in the future when I rewatch this trilogy I'll be able to follow things better and appreciate the ideas- hopefully even with the first as well! Regardless, this film felt quite about more powerful on the technical side of things and had its occasional spurts of brutal action.