s a sequel The Godfather Part II is about the best the film industry has produced, with perhaps one or two other contenders. It launched the career of Robert DeNiro, who played a young Vito Corleone, and came out just a couple years after the original with nearly the same cast and crew. Not merely a continuation of a story, it's also a remarkable film in its own right that tells two parallel stories. It alternates between a narrative that follows Michael on his rise to power, which is a direct continuation of the events of the first movie, and a separate narrative that is essentially a prequel to The Godfather that begins with Vito as a young child in Sicily and his journey to America. As Vito's family grows and he becomes an early version of the respected mob boss and patriarch we met in the first film, Michael becomes increasingly isolated as he becomes paranoid (and justly so, for the most part) and grows apart from his immediate family—his wife and kids—and his extended family begins to crumble as well.