Batman Returns is better
Probably the most underrated of all films labelled "overrated". I can't understand the criticism of this masterpiece among many cinephiles, as if it's too easy to like and therefore should be discarded as typical Hollywood fare. But this is precisely where its beauty lies: Hollywood style stripped from its context and placed into an Italian one not unlike the filmic worlds of Visconti. Oh, and Nino Rota <3
Not sure I understand the people who say these films are "glamorizing" the mafia in the wake of films like "Gomorrah." No, the camera isn't shaking all over the place. But we've still got butchered prostitutes used as tools in a frame, fratricide, domestic abuse, suicide, garroting, stabbing, shooting... need I go on?
well... it's pretty perfect on every technical level, but i didn't like it nearly as much as the first one. i have a lot of respect for this film, but to me, it's not the best in the series.
The Godfather Part II marks the consummation of saga of the Corleone Crime family. Regarded by many as the best sequel ever, the Godfather Part II is equally brilliant as its precursor and good enough to stand on its own. The complete review can be found at: http://apotpourriofvestiges.blogspot.com/2011/12/godfather-part-ii-1974.html
Unlike 'The Godfather: Part III', this film was made when it had to be made and so is the perfect continuation to a perfect movie. Made with the same inspiration, crew, and love for the story, I consider this one and Part I to be a hugely important film cut in two.
Didn't need to be made, basically a rehash of Part 1, everything seemed reducible to family and business intertwining, resulting in the degradation of the family. Perhaps the height of craft, but other than some great performances, no magic here.