The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II ★★★★★

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Every bit a masterpiece as the first one was. The non-linear structure and the addition of Vito Corleone's origin story told in parallel to Michael's power struggle makes for a fresher experience. It's longer than the first movie at 3 hours and 20 minutes, but the pacing is so hauntingly good and the dual plot so engaging it doesn't at all feel its length. Pacino is once again magnificent, his cold and nearly undecipherable gaze covering Michael Corleone's inner feelings in a mystery that grows scarier as the film progresses, up until he elects to reveal himself. On the other side of things, Robert De Niro is phenomenal as young Vito. He takes you on and shows you how he went from a regular everyday guy to the mythical character we met in Part I, and the journey is nothing short of incredibly compelling. It looks beautiful too, as the cinematography drapes the story in strong shadows and sufficiently hot color grading, and naturally, the original score is a thing of absolute marvel. The editing, however, might be the film's strongest technical aspect, as it shifts ever so naturally between timelines and progresses scenes as effortlessly as it gets. Truly, a work of unshakable achievements.

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