Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 sequel to his own huge 1972 critical and financial success, The Godfather Part 2, is often thought to be one of the those few sequels that actually manages to thoroughly surpass the film film, but, to me, in my humble and honest opinion, that is never going to be true. not ever. I just don't think that The Godfather Part 2 is even in the same league as the original film was. Now, I am not, at all, for even one minute, saying that The Godfather Part 2 is a bad movie. No, I am not. Absolutely not. It is a very good movie, and, to a certain extent,most certainly deserved all of the praise and Oscar attention that this film also got, but I am just merely pointing out that this film juts isn't as good as the first one. It just isn't. Now, my biggest problem with The Godfather Part 2, is that, despite the fact that the films plot is much denser and not nearly as well-populated with thrills and the same attention grabbing moments that the first one eagerly thrust towards the viewer, this film is still given a gargantuan running time of 202 minutes. I am well aware that the first film had a 177 minute running time, but the thing is, that The Godfather had enough plot and mind games between the family members, and enough twists and turns to keep things bristling with suspense and interest, and yet, The Godfather Part 2 suffers badly from a extremely bloated running time, and a much less well-written script. But, since I have just bashed it's few flaws, I am now going to praise it's many successes, and those are the following: The Godfather Part 2 is a film of staggering scope and vision, and to think that this film was actually only made in 1974, is just incredible. The over-arching plot lines that weave from modern day Corleone family trouble, which re continued from the first film as Michael (Al Pacino) struggles to keep his now stumbling empire afloat, and of course, back towards the other part of the movie, which takes place in the early 1920's, in New York City, where we see the rise of the young Don Vito Corleone (Now played by Robert De Niro, in an spectacular and Oscar-winning performance, that backs-up Marlon Brando's equally Oscar-winning performance of the same character, in the original film), which is easily the best part of the movie, where we see a grand re-creation of early New York City, complete with lush production designs and beautiful art and set direction work, making the film a visual feast for the eyes and that is at least one aspect of the film that never bogs down, even once, despite it's collosal running time. Now, like the original film, The Godfather Part 2 is also Rated R, and the content is pretty much as follows, so here we go: There is slightly less frequent violence in this film than there is in the first film, but, also like the first film, when violence does happen, it is always very brutal and bloody, and as such, there are many shootings, stabbings, garroting's and strangulation's, always with lot's of blood and matter spraying and splattering onto walls behind them, or onto other people around them. And, finally, there is slightly strong profanity, here, this time around, with 2 F-words, and other more frequent uses of sh-t, d-mn, a--h-le, g-dd-mn, a--, n-gg-r and more. So, even though The Godfather may not be nearly as good as the first one, contrary to popular belief, I still think that it is a very well-made, powerful and entertaining film, in and of itself, despite the massive running time. Reccomended.