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A Sequel To Die For!,
This review is from: The Godfather: Part II [VHS] (VHS Tape)The Godfather - Part 2 is basically 2 films for the price of one, and they are both utterly mesmerising.
First, there is the continued saga of Michael Corleone's struggle to strengthen the family's business dealings and to actually keep his own family together. Pacino's performance as Michael is definitely from the 'out-of-this-world' bracket. The abortion scene is one of the best movie sequences of all time. Trust me, that is NOT an over-statement. Just watch those eyes! Complex and thrilling this film is not one to miss.
The second film is the depiction of Vito Corleone's rise to power in the 1920's. It is basically a movie all of it self, just as gripping and mesmerising as the rest of the movie, and it is all down to Robert De Niro. How do you follow on from Marlon Brando? De Niro did - in spectacular fashion. Brando's performance in part 1 was legendary (I'll make him an offer he can't refuse), but De Niro matches him stride for stride, line for line (I'll make an offer he don't refuse), even though it is almost all in Italian. You can easily be forgiven that the same character is being played by someone else, De Niro is that good!
Ultimately though, the film belongs to Al Pacino. De Niro also has Raging Bull and Taxi Driver to claim as his best performance, but THIS is Pacino's finest hour. It is a chilling portrayal by him of how power can corrupt, and by the end of the movie even I was scared of him, let alone his wife, played superbly by Diane Keaton.
So what else can I say? 2 films for the price of 1 combine to create the best movie sequel ever made, regardless of the fact that I love The Empire Strikes Back. It is shocking, it is brutal, it is pure drama all the way through. Don't rent this movie! Buy it, so you can watch it again and again and again. It is an offer you cannot refuse!