It's a shame Eisenstein never got to master camera movement. Nonetheless this is a piece of art which was unfortunately raped by the Stalin dictatorship. I am glad to see it restored. The things that stood out to me were the ending, the colored scenes and of course the casting of Ivan. That is one scary dude! It's a shame Eisenstein couldn't outlive Stalin and give us a few more.
Orginally thought the second installment paled next to the first but on rescreening realized its as effective as the orginal. Eisenstein's use of cinema conventions and pushing them to another level continued with many memorable camera placements, compositions and choreography. The banquet sequence in 3 strip colour processing is phenomenal as is the plotting and deceits on display. Shame the third never was shot.
Part II when compared to the first comes off a bit boring and talky, and Eisenstein's strength wasn't in dialogue. The finale is amazing, and the color banquet is extravagant, but awkwardly shot and just sort of placed there. The schizophrenia just goes way too unchecked at the end of this one, and rather than hypnotic it's a tad obnoxious. I just wish Eisenstein had lived to complete his trilogy.
Eisenstein's last film made in 1948, banned until 1958, is one of the finest works of cinema. I have explained in my attached link why it is so great, and how great filmmakers such as Kubrick and Zvyagintsev have taken a leaf or two from this great work. My full review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2015/10/185-sovietrussian-maestro-sergei.html