The early life of Vito Corleone is portrayed while his
son Michael expands his criminal empire into Cuba.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Written by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
Starring Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Michael V. Gazzo
Sequel to 1972's The Godfather
Based on the novel by Mario Puzo
Oscar Wins - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score (Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola)
Oscar Nominations - Best Actor (Al Pacino), Best Supporting Actor (Michael V. Gazzo), Best Supporting Actor (Lee Strasberg), Best Supporting Actress (Talia Shire), Best Costume Design
The Godfather II is one of the best sequels ever made. Al Pacino is incredible as the new Don of the Corleone family and leads an amazing cast. The story of Michael Corleone's time as the patriarch of the family is captivating and filled with twists and turns.
The coolest thing about this sequel is that it's also a prequel. It shows the early days of Vito Corleone (played magnificently by a young Robert De Niro) and how he started the family. The film goes back in forth between the most important moments in the two most important men in the Corleone family, giving the film its emotional backbone and providing exceptional backstory.
However, I do feel like the film is overly long. While I do think they had a lot of story to tell, a good chunk could have been left out and used to make a (good) third film. Because of this, I don't consider it equal to the first but I still think it's a fantastic film.