I have never had more than a fleeting dalliance with commitment. My attempt to work my way through the IMDB top250 films was always a little ambitious as I never really believed that I could stick with it until the end. I did think I would get further than number3 on the list though.
Perhaps I am being a little harsh on myself; I gave The Godfather: Part 2 1hour 54mins of my time before I thought “nope” and turned the dvd off. I promise you all I tried.
I am only writing a few short paragraphs for my own blog to show that I didn’t skip out number3 on the list. What I lack in commitment I make up for in a desire for order. I will lose sleep if there are any gaps in the list.
The Godfather: Part 2 started off well and I honestly thought I would enjoy this film more than The Godfather. I really liked the opening section – the interplaying scenes of a big Corelone family event and Michael discussing business. It was a nice, but not subtle, parallel to Don Corelone in opening of The Godfather.
Marlon Brando and Robert Di Niro have both won Oscars for their portrayal of Don Corelone and I don’t have anything negative to say about their performances. I viewed the Godfather as Michael Corelone’s story which meant that I really didn’t care about the flashbacks to Don Corelone’s younger days. I think this is when my interest in the film began to wane.
I understand that the flashbacks are accurate in terms of Mario Puzo’s book. It simply transpired that I didn’t care enough to watch them.
Al Pacino is excellent as Michael Corelone and there is a part of me that wishes I had availed of the scene selection option and followed his story arc to the end.
To society, The Godfather: Part 2 is the greatest film ever made. To me, it’s the greatest film I will never finish. Typical.