Movie The Godfather Part II (1974)

20180528:
This movie was dark, but the plot was dense and there was a lot going on. As such, I was often confused and I relied on a detailed film synopsis to follow and understand the film.

Michael (Al Pacino)

With that being said, I loved the music and mystery in the film. In addition I enjoyed the tense moments in the movie and various surprises.

In the end, while I had trouble keeping up with the movie's plot, I could see the various elements which make the film great, such as story, acting, and lighting.*

I would highly recommend this movie to those who enjoy crime movies, in particular, to those who've seen and enjoyed the first movie, The Godfather. I would warn however, that the movie is long and that viewers make use of the intermission that comes at around the two hour and six minute mark.

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 93% match. I decided to give the movie neither a thumbs up nor a thumbs down. I rated the movie 8 out of 10 stars on IMDb.com.

Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro)

*There is hindsight involved here. I might not have identified these elements if I did not know the movie was highly rated.

Instant Comments:
Huh. I wonder if I should watch the first movie again. No, I'll just go read a summary. [I didn't remember any of the plot.]
Holy crap. That's quite a beginning. She asks him to spare her son and holds a knife to his throat. She should have just killed him.
Is that him singing? Does that mean he's not mute?
100 years. I recently heard a similar sentiment in Vietnamese.
Damn. "Michael, why are the drapes open?"

Kay (Diane Keaton)

Don Fanucci
Is she afraid of actually being killed?
Hehe. Rug scene.
Santino "Sonny" Corleone.
Oh wow. That sudden anger. "In my home! In my bedroom where my wife sleeps!"
I didn't understand these last two scenes. Fortunately there's a great film synopsis on IMDb.com. Paraphrasing:
Scene 1: Pentangeli goes to meet the Rosatos where they murder him. A policeman interrupts. Pentageli's bodyguard Willi Cicci is hit by a car while shooting at the Rosatos. Scene 2: The senator from earlier in the movie has been implicated for killing a prostitute.

Michael grabs his brother Fredo

After the previous scene, I continued watching the film
"I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart."
I wonder what he's gonna do. They each give him 50.
Hehe. "I'll make an offer he don't refuse. Don't worry."
Interesting. How did that work. Regardless, he gets to keep his full $200 and his friends save $150 each. Wow.
Huh. I didn't expect that to happen.
Interesting (towel catches on fire)
Just as I was going to comment that this is a long movie, the intermission screen shows (2 hour 6 minute mark). [I tried looking through this thread about intermissions but didn't really find an answer: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/14xe5o/why_dont_movie_theaters_have_intermission_anymore/]

Vito (right)

Ha. [My favorite and/or most memorable scene in the movie.] Buffers:
Senator Pat Geary: [...] was there always a buffer involved?
Willi Cici: Looks for clarification.
Senator Pat Geary: Someone in between you and your possible superiors who gave the actual orders.
Willi Cici: Right. Yeah. A buffer. [begins smiling] The family had a lot of buffers!

Fredo Corleone (John Cazale)

Haha. Wow. I didn't expect that. (the landlord comes after finding out about Vito's status)
I see. Fredo got his feelings hurt.
That's quite a conversation (Roman Emperor and stuff)
Three very different deaths. Assassination, Suicide, Hail Mary
So Pacino and De Niro don't have any scenes together? Interesting.

Watched 20180528 (Netflix, Instant)
The Godfather Part II (1974) Francis Ford Coppola. 202 min

Relevant Links:
The Godfather Part II (IMDb.com)
The Godfather, Part II (RottenTomatoes.com)
The Godfather Part II (Wikipedia.org)

I love this scene.