400 in ’15: #395: The Godfather: Part II

I’ve taken on the challenge of trying to watch 400 films in 2015. I will update this blog after each one and hopefully write a small blurb (NOT necessarily a review) about it. Come along for the journey, won’t you!?

Number: 395
Film: The Godfather: Part II
Released: 1974
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Viewed previously?: No

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Part II of the Godfather trilogy focuses on Michael expanding his crime syndicate through several different states and even Cuba, doing business with some shady people while dealing with tons of people close to him he can’t trust.

It also jumps around to telling the story of a young Vito Corleone (De Niro) before he was the Godfather in the first film and while I didn’t think this little sub-story was all that neccesary, it actually grew on me the more the film went on. Mostly because of De Niro.

It’s no wonder I took a few weeks to watch the second part because this is a long ass movie. I feel there certainly are shots and scenes that go on too long, but for the most part it’s actually not too bad, the length comes from the fact that it’s such a dense film.

I enjoyed it greatly and when you sit back and think about it, it’s probably the best, or one of the best sequels ever made.

I’m going to try and watch the third before the year is over…but can’t make any promises.

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