5 A towering achievementRJNeb2 | 17/05/2011 | See all RJNeb2's reviews (605)It was always going to be a challenge to tackle a sequel to the 1972 blockbuster but Coppola completely confounds expectations with this extraordinary, very bold film. You're essentially getting two films for the price of one - and both are riveting. One half charts the journey of Vito Corleone as a boy to America at the turn of the century and the life he carves out there, growing up into a charismatic young de Niro. Meanwhile in the 50s his grandson struggles to maintain a veneer of dignity over the activities of his crime organisation, only to see it take a terrible toll on his family. Everything here is of the highest order - the production design is ravishing, Willis's deep dark cinematography second to none - helping the time just slide by. Full kudos to Coppola for the epic scope of his vision and to a dead-eyed Pacino, essaying the complete transformation of Michael Corleone into a man made of stone.