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The Godfather: Part II Review

“#5 The Godfather Part II, The Greatest Mob Saga Of All Time!”

November 26th, 2011

It's Saturday night, and I'm running late on my Top Ten fave movies of all time countdown list; we're reaching the Final Five and to continue on the list with The Godfather Part II landing the number 5 spot. This has to be one of my favorite mob/gangster crime movie ever! It's fantastic in every way possible, and it's been a tradition of mine to watch this along with The Godfather every Thanksgiving on AMC. Without much hesitation, let's continue on with the review....

The Godfather Part II is presented in two story lines one takes place moments after Michael Corleone takes over for the family and deals with problems in the business during his first son's Communion. The other, explains how Vito Corleone came to be and shows the origin's of the Corleone family.

It would come to think that I would have to split the stories into separate review paragraphs in doing so, I will to make it easier for you to read. First I would review the continuing story that chronicle the events after The Godfather, and then I will review the origin's of the Corleone family and Vito's young years in how he grew up. After that, I'll conclude it and review as one. So think of it as three short reviews and break-downs.

The Godfather Part II- Story line A: Michael Corleone deals with the family.

Taking place directly where The Godfather left off, the first story line shows us what happens after the events following Vito Corleone's death and the swearing in of Michael taking control after his first son's communion.

The plot is great, it couldn't be anymore realistic in showing how a mob family deals with problems in life. It shows us all the stress that goes through with everyone; something, that I have never seen before in a mob film. The Godfather Part II has been included on many of critics top films, and is considered one of the greatest sequels of our time.

Everything from the cinematography to the setting of every scene is unbelievable. Al Pacino gives one of his best performances next to Scent of a Woman. Pacino does such a great way at showing his characters emotions so realistic you would actually think the movie was a documentary!

The Godfather Part II- Story line B: Family origins/Chronicles of Vito Corleone.

The film opens with a scene taking place in 1901 at a funeral that was soon ambushed and attacked. Later one it continues to show young Vito Corleone and his journey to immigration and arriving at New York City.

Following a series of flashbacks that weave in and out of the continuing story line A, it is obvious to the viewer that this is the chronicles of Vito Corleone and how his family shaped up to be one of the most powerful mob families in history. The main actor in story line B is the great Robert De Niro. Robert De Niro plays young Vito living in early 30's New York.

He won an Oscar in the Best Supporting category, and if you have ever seen this film, you'll know why. Robert De Niro has done an amazing job at everything he stars in. This guy is truly a great actor. And he deserved it 100 percent. Although the subplot story of how the Corleone Family formed it's business isn't as interesting as watching Vito grow older, it still is a really great story to watch it unfold in front of you eyes.

The Godfather Part II- Story line A and B.

Watching The Godfather Part II in it's whole nearly 4 hours is epic! It really captivates the viewer and never losses interest in the story plot. Al Pacino does excellent as showing his character emotions and how Michael Corleone deals with the business in the wake of his fathers death, and Robert De Niro is absolutely outstanding as playing the young Vito Corleone. You can never go wrong with watching this film. It is near possible to find any complaints about it.

The Godfather Part II also serves as a loop story telling in which you can watch it in two ways: One way is watching The Godfather first, and then continue on with Part II; doing that, you see Vito's prequel origins and Michael dealing with family problems. The second way in watching it is viewing The Godfather Part II first and then The Godfather. When you watch it that way, it's the complete opposite, it starts with young Vito and continues his story with the older Vito and act's like Michael's story in reverse order.

To wrap things up, watching The Godfather Part II is an offer you can't refuse. Make sure you stay tuned as I continue the top ten countdown and finish it with only four movies left to go! What will be next? and who will earn the top spot at being the Number One movie on my list? Find out soon as I conclude this countdown tomorrow!

-McLovin

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  • Georgia-DiPirro • 4 years ago

    Good JOB! I will have to watch this again @ghostman

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    • ghostman • 4 years ago

      @ejk1 Harry Potter YES!!! I will never forget those movies and viewing them in theaters, to me, we (as in I) are the Harry Potter generation. i missed out on LOTR in theaters, but i own them on DVD and have recently watched all the extended cuts in the last month and i watch them whenever they air on TNT.

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      • ejk1 • 4 years ago

        @ghostman We've had other great things as well. LOTR & Harry Potter, those are two things that will never be duplicated. I do not see a reboot of either series, and I don't think anyone will see them for the first time in a theater going forward (assuming either gets a rerelease).

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        • ghostman • 4 years ago

          @ejk1 Oh man, I know! seeing that revelation in theaters must have been amazing....at least we got to experience Avatar in 3D something most young kids born after 2009 will never know what it was like to see something so cinematic.

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          • ejk1 • 4 years ago

            @ghostman I was born a year after Empire Strikes Back. I cannot imagine a greater twist than "I am Your Father!" and I was born a little too late. Oh well, what can you do but hope that what you see now will be as memorable as what you missed.

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            • ghostman • 4 years ago

              @ejk1 Yeah...like seeing Star Wars in theaters back in 77' or watching Gone with the Wind in the 1930's! At least i missed Spider-Man 3 in theaters and bought it on DVD instead.

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              • ejk1 • 4 years ago

                @ghostman Hey man, we all miss something we wish we could have seen.

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                • ghostman • 4 years ago

                  @ejk1 too bad I was 4 years old when they did that :/

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                  • ejk1 • 4 years ago

                    @ghostman Chronological sequenced. It started with the beginning of Part 2, where he was still a young child named Vito Andolini, and all that happened to him, then into the DeNiro phase, followed by the entirety of Part 1, and finishing with the Pacino scenes of Part 2. It was incredible, and for the life of me I cannot recall if Spike, AMC, or any other channel that has held the rights ever did it that way? Regardless, it was unique, and still my favorite way to watch the Saga.

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                    • ghostman • 4 years ago

                      @ejk1 No way really? Like do you mean they showed Part II first then Part I or the re-edited it into all of DeNiro's young Vito scenes first then continued with Brando's older Vito and finished with Pacino with scenes from Part II?

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                      • ejk1 • 4 years ago

                        @ghostman absolutely, I was just throwing my two cents in on which film I like getter. To be honest though, I really like watching the films in a chronological sequence, starting with DeNiro's turn as Vito. USA Network aired them this way when they had the broadcast rights about fifteen years ago. I loved seeing it that way.

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                        • ghostman • 4 years ago

                          @ejk1 I see where you're saying how Part II mirrors Part I, but if you just watch the movie itself, it's like getting two films in one, and is one the best mob movies out there that has come our way in a long time.

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                          • ejk1 • 4 years ago

                            @ghostman Great review. When it comes down to Part 1 or 2, I always look at it this way: When focusing on the ending of each, the second film completely parrots the first, showing for the first time in the series a lack of originality. Although it is not a big deal, it tips the scales in favor of Part 1 for me. As for Part 3, well that never should have been made. After reading the book, I realized that Andy Garcia's character never could have existed. Why Mario Puzo would even allow this stain on his perfect novel is beyond me; he even created the character for the movie as the screenwriter. He should have known better.

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                            • ghostman • 4 years ago

                              @moviegeek Haha, thanks...i had to wait awhile for it to be on AMC for Thanksgiving, since their is so much material in The Godfather Part II, and I hope you enjoyed reading this review, and about those "hints" i'm just teasing you guys to keep you intrigued as we reach our last 4 films on the list :)

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                              • moviegeek • 4 years ago

                                @ghostman Nice to hear back from you on this series of reviews!

                                P.S. Don't spoil the future reviews!! I like the element of surprise.

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                                • ghostman • 4 years ago

                                  @jayaottley Trust me you will. Strikes Back the Empire does.

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                                  • jayaottley • 4 years ago

                                    @ghostman Ahhhh well if the empire doesn't strike back... We'll make sure your be sleeping with the fishes...Capiche ;)

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                                    • ghostman • 4 years ago

                                      @jayaottley lol good one, let me just say "may the force be with you" for my next review ;) @corey thanks man.

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                                      • corey • 4 years ago

                                        @ghostman I always loved the first one over this. Still an epic picture. Nice review!

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                                        • TheFury • 4 years ago

                                          Great review. However I disagree with your head. When you saga, I assume your including part 3. Which I think is atrocious? Still good performances but the plot was very repetitive and weak. Godfather is just another one of those trilogies that fails on the third installment.

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