The second installment of the epic saga of the Corleone family weaves the story of the early life of Vito Corleone in the 1920s in New York City alongside son Michael’s rise to prominence as a mafia kingpin in the 1950s.
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It lacks the innovative ideas of its thrilling predecessor and it has a hard time juggling multiple storylines. The Michael-Kay subplot, in particular, is tremendously rushed. But it succeeds in being an immensely powerful character study of a perfectly ruthless killer who was destined to swim alone. It also has one of the bleakest final shots of any movie, in which the self-made man lords over an empire of dust.
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
I do admire this film, but not with the same passion as I do with the first one. "Part II" takes itself VERY seriously, which gives us a less entertaining and more depressing entry in the series. However, most of what made the original great is still here: strong performances, memorable dialogue, and Gordon Willis' always-astounding camerawork.
Not sure I understand the people who say these films are glamorizing the mafia in the wake of films like "Gomorrah." We've still got butchered prostitutes used as tools in a frame, fratricide, domestic abuse, suicide, garroting, need I go on? In any case, a darker, quieter sequel that benefits from Coppola's creative control. The tiniest character moments are so haunting. I could spend years studying only this film.
The length of this sequel almost killed me. What a massacre. It's a great mark in the history of cinema however. Much more focused on history and family values than the prequel, something I appreciated a lot!