Godfather Part II

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I know it was you Fredo: Godfather II

Apr 19, 2005
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Pros:-Acting -Lighting -Framing -Violence -Drama

Cons:The only con is that part three isn't as good.

The Bottom Line: Absolutly recommend this film to anyone who studies cinema, or at least knows the difference between greatness and Pee-Wee's playhouse. If you like gangster flicks, this is an Oscar winner.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.


As a huge fan of the Godfather series, (yes I even like part three) I have to say that part two is my personal favorite. Part one shows us the title of Godfather being passed from Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) to his son Michael (Al Pacino).

The second film begins with Vito as a young boy being smuggled out of Sicily after his entire family was murdered by the local mafia. Then the story re-joins Michael in his now powerfull position as mafia Don, and head of the Corleone family.

The film is divided into sections of the present-day story of michael trying to gear the family to bigger deals in cuba with his fathers old partner Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg) while also dealing with the uprising of the Cuban rebels; and the betrayal of his brother Fredo (John Cazale). One of the great scenes is when he gives Fredo the "kiss of death" at the New Year's party.

The other section of the film is comprised of a young Vito (as played by Robert De Niro) making his way in old town New York. It shows his way up the organized crime ladder, making friends and connections that would later (and earlier) carry the story.

Francis Ford Coppola delivers masterful genius in this epic reprisal of a gangster classic. He uses soft, brown textures and dull sepia tones to perfection. The lighting has yet to be duplicated in any film. The way some of these shots are framed have been studied in film schools the world over. In short, if your looking for the epitamy of cinematic enjoyment mixed with that good ole' classic gangster violence, this is the movie for you. I would recommend it to anyone.


Recommend this product? Yes


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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