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Overall Rating
4.49

Awesome73.5%
Worth A Look: 13.68%
Average: 5.13%
Pretty Bad: 3.42%
Total Crap: 4.27%

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Godfather Part 2, The
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"As Compelling As The First One"
5 stars

Making a sequel to a monster hit and an excellent movie like the Godfather is a real challenge. Sure, there have been many that had tried but many have failed (The Sting, The Hustler, Caddyshack, Death Wish, etc.), but only few have succeeded (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and this little nugget). Arguably, or should I say, undisputedly, this is the best sequel ever made. Francis Ford Coppola again pulls out his magic touch with Mario Puzo, and create another memorable film, as memorable as the first one. Many will say that the film is even better than the first part, but I wonít, since it doesnít have that energy that the first one had. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most powerful films ever, and worthy of itís Oscars for Best Picture and Director.

The film this time sets itself in the 1950s. The Corleone family is now under the guidance of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and his attempts of trying to legitimize his gambling business. But then his relationship with businessman and competitor Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg) and Frank Pentangelli (Michael P. Gazzo) soon starts to sour when a failed attempt on his life occurs on his house. Michael now has to find the traitor within his family that tried to kill him, but what he doesnít know is that is a man whoís deep within his family.

Along the course of the main story, is the story of the rise of Michaelís father, Don Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro this time), from his early days as an orphan kid that emigrates from Italy to the United States, to his humble beginnings as a store worker, to his rise to power, and how he met the men that would soon help him on his business and on his secret revenge.

The first praise of the film goes to the geniuses of Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo, especially Coppola, who masterminded most of the original screenplay. I believe that the impressive thing about this movie is that Coppola manages to balance and compare the lives of both father and son. Or more so, a contrast, on how is it that they progressed on their business and tactics they used to be where they are, and their final results. Vito started small and he ended up big because he won the respect of his friends and their trust, and their friends won his trust. On Michaelís side, he doesnít trust anybody, and as further down the spiral goes, he creates enemies instead of friends, even making enemies within his family. Many moral values come into play in this film; the most important are treason, vengeance and trust, each of these are examined carefully, and are achieved with terrifying accuracy.

What I was referring about this movie not being as riveting as original because the energy of the first one is lacking in this one is because in the first Godfather, the story is better paced and has more action to it, and no scene is there without a reason, as well as there are many memorable moments everywhere. In GF2 the story tends to drag in certain parts of the film, especially in the congressional investigation that investigates Michaelís wrongdoings in the past. Many trademarks of the first movie are also brought here (Iíll make him an offer he canít refuse), but the elements are paper-thin that theyíre only mere imitations rather than a whole new approach.

That is not to say that these degrade the film, they do, but fortunately in a small manner, since for most of the time, the movie blasts off with itís two stories and develops them in a great way. My favorite scene is when Vito Corleone is stalking Don Fanucci; itís thrilling and will always on the edge of your seat. The rest of the film recreates successfully again the importance of business in the mob, and the difference from that, and your personal feelings. Yes, it retakes again the same topic that the First One already discussed, but this time it gives it more depth, more meaning, and serves as a prelude for things to come later in the movie. Coppolaís direction is again, masterful, almost just like the first one. The script, despite a few slips, manages to pull through, and again give us another great movie, and furthermore, a great sequel to a great movie.

The performances are fantastic. Al Pacino is superb in reprising his role of Michael, but the man who steals the show is Robert De Niro, as Vito. De Niro here gives one of his lifetime performances that earned him a well-deserved Oscar, and in fact steals the entire movie. The rest of the supporting cast is also great, no flaw in casting or in acting whatsoever.

In the end, the film deserves all the praise that it has been given to it, though it falls very short to the original, itís still a compelling and powerful film, that should not be missed, and a great movie on its own. This film is definitely the best sequel ever made, and I just wonder why is it that most sequels tend to suck ass, since they best they can do is look at how this film is made and learn from it. Learn, you fuckheads.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell solid sequel 4 stars
4/27/16 Ken A sequel and a prequel that is a masterpiece. 5 stars
2/14/15 jason gracio boooooooooooo shit films 1 stars
1/17/15 the truth Best sequel ever. A trilogy on moral degradation that DOES NOT show it favorably(mr.Shortt) 5 stars
3/24/14 Justin R. It's not just a sequel, but also a prequel. A magnificent film. 5 stars
11/22/12 Ed Totleben Jr Almost surpasses the first 5 stars
6/26/12 David Hollingsworth The sequel in which all others are measured. 5 stars
6/02/12 keith miron NOT ENOUGH KILLINGS 1 stars
2/09/12 stanley welles just as great as the first, if not better 5 stars
2/14/11 millersxing The parallel storylines reveal a moral arc which bends toward corruption, not catharsis. 5 stars
7/15/10 art ALL GODFATHER FLICK"S ARE ALL ALIKE! 1 stars
6/08/10 Flathead King An impressive achievement with few equals. 5 stars
10/30/09 Omar Best sequel ever! 5 stars
9/01/08 PAUL SHORTT AGAIN TECHNICALLY BRILLIANT, BUT ONE CANT IGNORE ITS SORDID, SQUALID AND SADISTICAL SIDE 2 stars
6/07/08 B_Martinez The Sequels by which other seguels will be judged 5 stars
4/25/08 mb Interesting to watch but left a sense of lacking and emptiness. 4 stars
1/26/08 proper amateur film critic Not quite as brilliant as The Godfather 1972, but still one of the greats 5 stars
3/09/07 johnnyfog Pacino is chilling, but needlessly ruthless. I preferred other the characters 4 stars
2/01/07 HaileyyMelissa The first movie was better. 3 stars
11/19/06 B_Martinez A rarity in which a sequel is as good, or even better, than the first 5 stars
10/17/06 Isaac Baranoff Best trilogy ever. 5 stars
5/05/06 Uri Lessing Interesting dual plotlines 4 stars
5/03/06 MP Bartley Great...but the loss of Caan does hurt it somewhat. 4 stars
5/03/06 Matt Seaver Not the first, but what is? 4 stars
5/02/06 Ryan_A One of my all-time favorites. 5 stars
5/02/06 PaulBryant "..and that man's name was Moe Green..." - Greatest Moment 5 stars
5/02/06 David Cornelius A perfect sequel 5 stars
5/02/06 William Goss Admirable, without a doubt, if a bit long. 4 stars
5/02/06 EricDSnider Yep, some movies that are 'supposed' to be good actually are. 5 stars
5/02/06 Alex Paquin Hubris from start to finish. Hopelessly striving for relevance. 2 stars
5/02/06 HBS-SH "N" 5 stars
4/18/06 Dave Not Quite as good as the original but still great. 5 stars
3/31/06 kerry overrated and long.Pales to its predecessor 2 stars
9/29/05 Michael Blower not quite as good as the first, but hey name anything else as good! 5 stars
8/11/05 Jake A Brilliant Companion piece to the Original 5 stars
8/07/05 E As if the first one wasn't brilliant enough, Coppola directed another masterpiece 5 stars
7/29/05 Moctezuma A real sequel, unlike those others who ruined their predecessors 5 stars
7/19/05 Brandy Harrington I hate it! 2 stars
3/18/05 indrid cold Highly overrated. The scenes are dimly lit and "arty", but what's so great? 3 stars
3/06/05 magaafi ok...let's admit the 1st 1 kikd ass. but this? its not as good as the 1st. by a mile man/ 3 stars
1/30/05 Bob Barton 2nd greatest movie of all time in my opinion 5 stars
12/27/04 mjoc Better than the first. 5 stars
7/04/04 Daveman Surpasses the original in terms of wit, scale and depth. 5 stars
6/25/04 Karen Stockdale The timeshifts are confusing, but Pacino is incredible! 5 stars
5/25/04 C Vega as good as the original which is very rare in sequels 5 stars
5/21/04 Sean Scanlan Another Oscar Winner 5 stars
4/25/04 Lesterwink23 Actually surpasses the original in some aspects. A masterpiece. 5 stars
4/19/04 john bale Typical ponderous Coppola Epic, lifted by fine acting and interspersed with great setpieces 4 stars
1/24/04 CC Just great 5 stars
1/22/04 Aleksandar highly overrated. not at all great. good filmaking but very poor storytelling. 3 stars
1/21/04 MetallicA boring. couldnt pay attention 3 stars
1/15/04 Betty White Intense, convincing, exceptionally directed and acted sequel. 5 stars
12/27/03 I Would PURE PERFECTION IN EVERY FUCKING ORGASMIC WAY: PART 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/17/03 Tim Triangle Good film easy to follow but quite slow towards middle end 4 stars
12/06/03 Agent Sands A bit too long for my usual taste, not quite as good as #1, but still good. 4 stars
12/04/03 john grabs you and never lets you go! sensational! 5 stars
11/16/03 Eeon Brilliant 5 stars
10/12/03 JimmyC One of the best movies of all time 5 stars
10/06/03 DM Gorgeous cinematography and great acting, but not as good as the original 5 stars
10/04/03 Francoise I dont get it 1 stars
10/02/03 Max Disagree on one point. Keaton is awful and she's forced to say some embarassing lines. 5 stars
9/19/03 Lionhart_75 one word: AWESOME!!!!! 5 stars
9/19/03 Mark86 Best movie sequel ever! 5 stars
9/18/03 John_Oconnor best movie on our american society 5 stars
8/10/03 ScottyDawg1986 simply Incredible 5 stars
7/23/03 Shadaan Felfeli This film is every bit as brilliant as the first ...and i am glad they made it ! 5 stars
6/18/03 Andrew Callaway Just not as good as the original. 3 stars
6/03/03 joshx42 Better than the first. 5 stars
5/12/03 Jack Bourbon I liked it when the fat guy got shot in the face. 5 stars
5/01/03 Flounder A well made sequel that falls slightly short of the original, but a work of art nonetheless 5 stars
3/23/03 GMan Joe Levy likes shit on celluloid and probably considers "Dude Where's My Car?" as "classic" 5 stars
3/12/03 c un 5 stars
1/08/03 Seppo even better than first one? Al Pacino is the greatest! 5 stars
10/27/02 Jay Excellent Sequel! 5 stars
8/31/02 The Truth A great movie by all standards but not quite a timeless classic like the first one 5 stars
8/16/02 Scott root for the bad guys. makes you guess till the very end. 5 stars
8/14/02 Bryan Brooks The only sequel ever that was better than the original. 5 stars
7/08/02 henry ginsberg a monumental masterpiece of epic proportions 5 stars
6/07/02 Joe Levy A pure stinker filled with boring dialogue throughout most of the movie! Pure crap! 1 stars
4/26/02 Charles Tatum A sequel that equals the original 4 stars
4/26/02 R.W. Welch Strikingly well done though considerably less gripping than the original. 4 stars
3/18/02 Mansur Miyazi One of the best ever !!!! Specially liked Robert De Niro 5 stars
1/22/02 Tam Difficult to understand, but had wonderful acting, screenplay & cinematography 5 stars
12/31/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Kinda boring, but it isn't bad. It's actually really cool. 4 stars
10/06/01 adam Far superior to the first film and without a doubt one of the finest of all American movies 5 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk Hands down the greatest sequel ever filmed or ever will be filmed! 5 stars
6/23/01 erik the movieman Good film - but flashbacks DESTROY pace! 4 stars
6/15/01 zombie almost as good as the first 5 stars
3/27/01 Terrie Smith Superb acting from Pacino & DeNiro; moody atmosphere & great period reproductions. 5 stars
3/25/01 Monster W. Kung I like the first one much better. But the De Niro rendition of young Vito is unforgettable. 4 stars
3/01/01 Scott Much more psychologoical than the first. Pacino and Deniro are incredible. 5 stars
12/18/00 Artist Freak How can you not like this movie? It has everything-great acting & story, massive bloodshed 5 stars
11/28/00 Cristopher Revilla yeah it is the best sequel ever made, but not as good as the original, but i still loved it 5 stars
10/29/00 steven hargreaves the best mafia film ever 5 stars
10/06/00 JL The music, the moments, ... They don't make'em like this anymore. 5 stars
8/02/00 Gmo masterpiece!!!!! 5 stars
7/28/00 Tommy Boy THE mandatory film to view if you plan on starting a business in America 5 stars
6/09/00 TERRIE SMITH A real gem; beautifully done. DeNiro and Pacino are flawless. 5 stars
4/03/00 PJ The greatest sequel ever, and--The Greatest Movie in the History of Cinema!! Honestly 5 stars
3/05/00 Pizaster The best of the 3, the Bible of all mobster movies. 5 stars
3/01/00 Mic Not as good as the first, but is quite an achievement. 4 stars
2/19/00 tony s DeNiro.... What more is there 2 say? 5 stars
2/10/00 Matt #1 is still superior, but since I can't give an "ultra fucking awesome" to it... 5 stars
1/24/00 Casey Jarzabek THE BEST OF THE BEST 5 stars
1/19/00 k.tomkowski Even better than the first one, although it seemed impossible. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  12-Dec-1974 (R)

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  02-Feb-1975 (18)

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