Batman Returns is better
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.
... movie that uses a glam hook to talk about what it wants to talk about: how to be a man of respect, and what respect might cost. In pursuit of his vision of a life as an unforgiving series of fight-or-flight moments, Coppola's as singleminded as M. Corleone: not a shot strays from the story, no digressing or explaining, no voiceover. The loss of Brando's light leaves Pacino's dark matter free to consume all space.
after watching it again (for the 4th time at least) i dont think i get all the praise for this one>it has some truly great stuff in it but, it drags a lot & feels like patchwork>the rhythm isn't all there for me>my interest rises & drops from scene 2 scene>probably the writing>must say, im not his biggest fan but, al pacino is completely transformed into someone else here, more than in any other film of him i've seen