The Godfather Part II

Film, Drama
5 out of 5 stars
The Godfather Part II

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

When superfans speak of the superiority of The Godfather Part II, this is not merely to be contrary. Coppola took Mario Puzo’s pulp and darkened it with Nixonian paranoia and the power of political back rooms. The sequel’s decadence—Michael sweeping down on Fredo, Kay, all of them—is counterweighted by nostalgia, as we see the young immigrant Vito (De Niro) striving to protect his own. Thus we have the birth of a quasi-noble idea: the neighborhood defender. But De Niro, gun barrel blazing, plays it squirrelly, unsure if bad wheels have been set in motion. Vito’s son will pay the ultimate price, a descent that is the richest the movies have to offer.

By: Joshua Rothkopf



Release details

Release date:
Friday February 21 2014
192 mins

Cast and crew

Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
Al Pacino
Robert Duvall
Diane Keaton
Robert De Niro
James Caan
Harry Dean Stanton
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