The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★★

[Best Picture- 26/93]
Part sequel, part prequel, The Godfather: Part II takes a look at both Don Vito Corleone's rise to power and his son Michael's struggle at maintaining the empire given out to him that he has amassed by the end of The Godfather. Not only is the storytelling refined in this entry, but the acting is astoundingly good too-- Diane Keaton and Al Pacino play off each other so well, and the scene where he shuts the door on her and we hear a little cry-- that is perfect. There's tons of backstabbing in this one-- maybe even more than in the first film-- but it certainly makes for an interesting mélange of conspiracy and plotting. And I can't forget Robert De Niro, whose Vito Corleone manages to both channel the suave and raspy demeanor of Marlon Brando's, as well as craft a more character-focused perspective on the Don's growth and development. There are so many clever aspects of The Godfather: Part II that, despite the nearly excessive runtime, do make it worth a rewatch. Incredible work.

Watched the Coppola Restoration, 2019 edition, on Blu-ray Disc.

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