certainly one of the best sequels of all-time. it’s longer than the original and drifts a bit in parts, but it’s still a great film. to me, the most fascinating element is the arc of pacino’s character in the two films. from war hero and all-american young man, to the head of a major crime family. you see how his character is trapped and how he becomes beaten down by the world into which he was born. it’s somewhat like james bond’s transformation in casino royale as a result of his wife’s double cross. just a great story, told simply and acted with excellence.