The Godfather II - Movie Review

The Godfather II

The Godfather II - Movie Review

The first sequel to ever win an academy award, nonetheless 6 awards, The Godfather part II is one of the best pictures ever made even exceeding the first part.

This part takes us back and forth through the past and the present, focusing on the events of Micheal’s youth and Vito Corleone's (Michael's father) backstory, plus the ongoing story set seven years after the ending of the first part.

The movie starts with a flashback showing the funeral of Vito Corleone’s father, who was murdered for insulting the local mafia lord Don Ciccio.

His death leads to a series of murders, leaving Vito with no option other than running away, then the movie forwards to the present, 1974, where a similar scene to the opening of the first movie is taking place.

Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, was hosting a party during which he was handling business with a corrupt Nevada senator, who wanted an outrageous fee to help Micheal get his gambling license which Micheal refuses leading to an argument between them both.

Afterward, he barely escapes an assassination attempt, thanks to his wife, with the further investigation they come to the conclusion that there is a mole inside the family, which puts Michael’s safety and his families at risk.

Going back to 1917 where we see the adult Vito portrayed by Robert De Niro, working in a grocery store in the lower east side, where all the small businesses have to pay a protection fee to “The black hand”. During his work there, he commits his first felon.

The movie goes back and forth, highlighting how the father and son resemble each other, yet are quite different when it comes to handling business. As well as showing the becoming of Vito, how he forged his own path after suffering as a child.

The viewer isn’t in constant bewilderment when it comes to the characters since their motives and incentives are clear and understandable.

The most remarkable thing about this movie, besides the extraordinary acting, is how each timeline is portrayed and how the switch between the two times is seamless.

Starring:  Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, Morgana King, John Cazale, Mariana Hill, Lee Strasberg.

Credits: Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, Released by Paramount Pictures

Rating: R, for profanity and sexual situations.

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