The history behind the making of The Godfather Part II (December 1974) is just as interesting as the storyline of the movie. Francis Ford Coppola intertwined two stories within one film: the history of the Corleone family, starting with the death of Vito Corleone’s father and going up to Vito’s rise as head of the Family and Michael Corleone’s rise to power after his father’s death. The film was originally criticized for this technique, and at first, I agreed. After thinking it over, I felt that the director’s reasons for taking the film in this direction were justified.
The cinematography was excellent as was the acting. Al Pacino was very chilling in his portrayal of Michael Corleone. Diane Keaton (Kay Corleone) played Michael’s non-Italian wife as a woman who tries to close her eyes to the violence around her, but by the end of the film, she is starting to wake up.
By the way, another interesting tidbit about The Godfather Part II is that it is the first sequel to a film to win an Academy Award along with the original film. In fact, The Godfather Trilogy is only one of two trilogies that were nominated for Oscars where all three films were nominated for Best Picture. The other trilogy: Lord of the Rings.
I highly recommend that you watch, and even buy, The Godfather Part II. Oh, who am I kidding? Get the complete trilogy. It is well worth it. I rate this sequel 4.5 stars out of 5.