Francis Ford Coppola's legendary continuation and sequel to his landmark 1972 film, The Godfather, parallels the young Vito Corleone's rise with his son Michael's spiritual fall, deepening The Godfather's depiction of the dark side of the American dream. In the early 1900s, the child Vito flees his Sicilian village for America after the local Mafia kills his family. Vito (Robert De Niro) struggles to make a living, legally or illegally, for his wife and growing brood in Little Italy, killing the local Black Hand Fanucci (Gastone Moschin) after he demands his customary cut of the tyro's business. With Fanucci gone, Vito's communal stature grows, but it is his family (past and present) who matters most to him -- a familial legacy then upended by Michael's (Al Pacino) business expansion in the 1950s. Now based in Lake Tahoe, Michael conspires to make inroads in Las Vegas and Havana pleasure industries by any means necessary. As he realizes that allies like Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg) are trying to kill him, the increasingly paranoid Michael also discovers that his ambition has crippled his marriage to Kay (Diane Keaton) and turned his brother, Fredo (John Cazale), against him. Barely escaping a federal indictment, Michael turns his attention to dealing with his enemies, completing his own corruption.~Lucia Bozzola
I loved the first Godfather Film, I believe it to be perfect in every way, and this one doesn't fall behind. This film is both a sequel and a prequel, with two different stories (Michael's and Vito's), with excellent performances by Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. You are able to contrast both stories and find how family and power differs in both generations: how one individual built an amazing empire, and how his son eventually tampers it while trying to secure it. Can't stress how much I loved this one.
This review is from The Godfather Part II [Coppola Restoration] [Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
An outstanding sequel
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Excellent sequel to the original Godfather. Rare for a sequel to match or surpass the original movie but in the case of the Godfather Part II, the strong acting of Al Pacino and an outstanding script delivers.