Lacing SCOTT STEINER's boots
Join Date: Apr 2007
Re: Rate & Mini-Summarize the Last Movie You Saw
The Godfather Part II - I shortly reviewed the first part a couple of weeks back ( I think ) and I've just watched part dos today.
I'm always amazed at how good Al Pacino has been as an actor for his entire career. Not only in roles such as this one where he's the man in power but in roles where he lets his emotions truly come out (i.e Scarecrow).
The second part follows nicely the "rise to fame" of Michael Corleone as the head boss of the Corleone family now that his father has passed away. But I think this movie was merely about the past of Vito Corleone, in this movie, interepreted by the Oscar Winning (for that particular role) Robert De Niro. De Niro takes on this role with a full fledged sense of just how much of a silent, relaxed and compassionate human being Vito Corleone really was. Vito's look throughout the years might have changed, but his attitude towards other hasn't and the parts in which Mr. De Niro appears are brilliant pieces of filmmaking.
What makes this (and the first part) such a great motion picture is the way Mr. Coppola films his actors and the action. No one is a star in this picture. There are no tricks being played out with the camera to make so and so look more this way or that way at all.
One scene in particular that strikes me in trying to explain myself is when Michael (Pacino) hits his wife, Kay Adams (Diane Keaton) and argues with her. A still camera just barely moves throughout this gripping and emotional scene. It really grips you away from your own mind for just an instant and make you feel so uncomfortable yet, when stepping away from the emotion portrayed in that scene, the brilliance of the actors and the filmmaker shine through like a bright and sunny day in Miami.
The story is well played out and very thought of. A grade "A" recommendation for anyone interested in movies and filmmaking in General. And for anyone that is pursuing a career in filmmaking (whichever position interests you), this picture is worth watching, because there are some many things to learn from in there. Minus the big special effects of today's Hollywood "Bore-busters".
An epic movie that still qualifies as Gold today.