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The problem with Godfather II is that it goes a bit too far for the sake of false drama. It is like a kid who gets hit by a parent, cries and as he is crying he keeps thinking about how sad his life is and how everyone would feel sorry once he is dead, and the kid keeps getting a kick out of this self-made drama.

Without spoiling much, the main protagonist, crime boss Michael Corleone, eventually starts making violent moves that feel unnecessary, unless you view them as a means by the writers of the story to create more crime drama.

The story of Godfather II has some weak and some strong points. If you retrace the steps of the storyline after you finish watching the film, they are not necessarily illogical and they sit kind of loosely in the plot. These plot points feel more like vehicles for specific dramatic scenes which the director had in mind than a natural story. On the other hand, the story does provide some great historical perspective on the history of the mafia and also general commentary on certain social aspects of life.

Everything else about this film was pretty good. It is understandable how this film reached its position as one of the top films of the last century.

The acting is top notch. In fact, it is what serves as the main course and the desert. You do not go to Godfather movies for action; you go to them for the interaction between all these great actors. These shots are up close and personal, with strong dramatic shadows on characters' faces. The experience is sort of like eating a good steak, no salt or pepper needed.

The Godfather: Part II