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Friday, 9 October 2015

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Part II is a sequel, as you’d expect, but also a well-timed prequel showing how a young Vito Corleone (played by Robert De Niro) rose from village youth to absolute power, attaining the position the films are named for. It’s so good that it could've easily been the beginnings of a standalone film, but perhaps then the dramatic contrasts with the later years would've been lessened.
In the present, the current Don faces challenges from a number of different directions, some a product of the changing times and some a product of things unchanging. He’s away from the family home often, but the weight of duty isn't something that can be boxed up and left behind.

5 family ties out of 5

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