"My father taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. "I make him an offer he cannot refuse." Same level as Godfather (I) - brilliant. History flashbacks - outstanding. De Niro - I love the way he is doing it. The atmosphere in Italy - the sun, the heat, the mood - incredible. Yeah, great cinema.
Somehow I thought the second part was considered the best one by most people but I found the first one to be a lot more poetic. The final couple of scenes are brilliant though. In a flashback we see Michael reflecting on times where didn't want to be involved in the family business yet somehow it was his destiny.