Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Godfather Part II (1974)

Pacino Film Fest Movie # 10

Synopsis: Crime pays.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “THIS BRILLIANT COMPANION PIECE TO THE original The Godfather continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family. Coppola tells two stories in Part II: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don.”

What Did I Learn?: It’s tough for a man to earn any respect if his drink of choice is a banana daiquiri.

You Might Like This Movie If: Pacino and De Niro in the same film? That’s just gotta be awesome!! Oh wait...

Really?: 1) If I had a chance to examine a solid gold telephone, I think I would at least take a glance at it. 2) You have to be one cold-hearted son of a bitch to whack your own brother. Does that happen very often in real life crime families? Wasn’t exile a better, and less guilt-inducing option?

Rating: The Godfather Part II is one of a very rare breed: a sequel that’s better than the original. Still, I’m sticking to my zero-to-ten scale. 10/10 stars.

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