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The Godfather Part II Limited Edition Steelbook [4K UHD]
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Widely considered the greatest sequel ever made, this visionary Oscar winner for Best Picture is both a continuation of the saga and companion piece expanding the legacy of the Corleone family. Director Francis Ford Coppola brings to PART II a two-part tale—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.
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Package Dimensions : 6.81 x 5.31 x 0.67 inches; 5.61 Ounces
- Item model number : AntiyL
- Media Format : 4K
- Release date : October 11, 2022
- Actors : Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Robert DeNiro
- Dubbed: : French
- Studio : PARAMOUNT
- ASIN : B0B5PV5KLM
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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It is Michael Corleone who does have the killing blood, and since becoming head of the Corleone family, murder seems to be his first resort. I was less than fascinated with the movie segments devoted to Michael as he spirals downward, committing murders seemingly left and right. We saw this trait in him during the original Godfather movie. Michael originally killed because he wanted to protect his father. That was his entire motivation. Perhaps as he did the killing, he discovered that he enjoyed doing it. Still, he was merely protecting his father. Something more must have pushed him over the edge: seeing his first wife die in a car bombing, perhaps. Perhaps this turned him into a confirmed killer.
I do not think Al Pacino really did a good job of acting in this movie. He seems so stilted and mechanical in this movie. Perhaps the screenplay and script didn’t really help him, either. We see Michael listening to unpleasant news quietly, but we don’t really see him as a man who is strategizing, thinking, and acting on how to increase the family’s wealth. Mostly, he seems to ask questions, listen to responses, but do nothing in a practical business context. Michael is not as devoted to his family as Vito was to his. Perhaps the story would have been different had his first wife Apalonia survived. We see Michael becoming a killing machine.
This movie has some grotesque killings in it. Some I simply could not bear watching and I skipped over them.
One important element that is missing from these movies is the story of Vito Corleone’s wife and also the other women in the family: chiefly, Connie and Kay. The really important character is Vito’s wife, "Mama Corleone". We see her dutifully caring for the children and cooking for Vito and his partners, but we do not really know her story. The movie is much poorer for not showing her background, growing up years, her goals, her wishes, her hopes…and her as a woman. In the original Godfather movie, we meet Kay, but we do not know her story, either. We really need to know her story. She was rather neglected by Michael all along. What convinced her to date him, and then later, marry him? In Part 2, Kay and Michael break up. Unpleasantly so.
Overall, this movie does an excellent job of showing the story of Vito Corleone. The documenting of his rise to wealth is awesome. The set designs, the portrayal of urban life and the people of both New York and Italy in the early 1900s through late 1950s, is stunning. Vito had a great business mind and he got along well with people, always happy to talk to them and work with them. Maybe he was a crime boss, but he tried to get along with people and build consensus. He knew how to make both money and friends. Then the movie flops and loses appeal when it shifts to the killer in the family, Michael.
Suppose that instead of focusing on him, Connie ousts Michael and assumes control of the Corleone family. That would be so much more interesting! We don’t know much about her; but she could be developed as a successful business person succeeding her father and brother. There are many possible ways Connie could be portrayed as head of the family and its business enterprises. There is also the possibility of having Kay do the same thing, but she is not one of Vito’s children. I guess Kay would refuse to do anything that could be viewed as criminal in fact or spirit. Connie is the more interesting person: abused by her husband, supported by her brother Santini who died trying to rescue her from Carlo; she could have clearer business and personal visions of how to guide the Corleone family than anyone else. And the will to make those visions happen. Connie, in this sense, could have made a much better “Godfather Part 2” movie. To me, Director Coppola succeeds to an extent with this movie, then he falls on his directorial face. Perhaps Mario Puzo influenced him too much. Both should have introduced a much more charismatic and successful character to succeed Vito Corleone.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 11, 2022