March 02, 2008
Godfather Part 2
This film felt like more of the same excellence that was in the first Godfather. Yet it innovated enough and told a different enough story that it stood on it's own. I can't really say whether it's better or not, they are both fantastic. In my mind, this is a sequel done right. Don't rehash the same basic story, but expand on it.
Structurally, this sequel does something that I can't recall seeing anywhere else. The first Godfather told one story - the rise to power of Michael Corleone. Now for the Godfather part 2, they basically split the film and dedicate close to half to a prequel kind of story - the rise to power of Michael's father, Vito Corleone, and the formation of the Corleone crime family. Then the other story told here is the continuation of Michael's story. I've never seen a sequel do this, where it spends a lengthy amount of time on both the time before and after the original film. It worked very well, and I'm surprised more sequels don't try this.
You owe it to yourself to watch both of these films.
4 of out 4 - you should love it.
Posted by jason on March 2, 2008 12:16 PM