The Godfather: Part II (1974)
(R) 200 mins

ďI know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart!Ē

Ah, ĎThe Godfather.í Iíll agree that part II isnít quite as quotable as the first one, itís just as good in every way imaginable. The storyline is done just as well as the first one. Yes, the film is long, but every moment is done well enough to keep you interested. Films like these almost make you think that itís easy for films to do this, but if anyone has seen some of the films to come out this year, they know itís not.

And once again, like part I, the casting of the major roles in the film is unparalleled. Yes, the Godfather played by Marlon Brando is now dead, but the film cast a relative unknown at the time in the title role: a man by the name of Robert De Niro. Needless to say, he did a good job playing the younger version of Vito Corleone.

The subject matter of the film does involve an in depth plot with a good amount of twists and turns and complexities. But the major focus of the film involves a character analysis and comparison between the two Dons: Vito and Michael (Al Pacino). One is motivated mostly out of love and desire for equality and to make the lives of those around him better. The other is mostly about demonstrating strength of will in the face of his enemies. Yes, I realize itís rather difficult to sum up a film of nearly 3 hour length in a couple sentences, but itís true. Itís just done in such an amazing fashion that the film gets mentioned among the best films ever made.


Oscar Awards
Best Picture
Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola)
Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Dramatic Score
Achievement in Art Direction

Oscar Nominations
Best Actor (Al Pacino)
Best Supporting Actor (Michael V. Gazzo)
Best Supporting Actor (Lee Strasberg)
Best Supporting Actress (Talia Shire)
Achievement in Costume Design