Our featured director series on the works of Coppola would not be complete without the second half of his mafia masterpiece, The Godfather Part II.
Told in two intercut stories, the film follows the machinations of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) as he tries to navigate the intricacies of the casino business from Las Vegas to Havana just before the Cuban revolution, while also telling the story of a young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) as he makes his way from a poor immigrant to revered crime boss. A powerful fable about the costs of ambition and the way the past echoes into the present, The Godfather Part II is a crime epic for the ages.
With excellent performances from its stars as well as Diane Keaton and John Cazale, it’s easy to see why The Godfather Part II is as highly regarded as its predecessor.
“One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood’s top cinema eras.” — Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
“Few sequels have expanded upon the original with the faithfulness and detail of this one.” — James Berardinelli, ReelViews
“It goes much deeper than The Godfather in analyzing the twisted mentalities of these men who pervert the capitalist system for their own gain. The film is richer in texture and gives more evidence of social awareness.” — Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News