Davey the GAQ Boy wrote:
I'll start it off with the question I can never stop asking myself:
Vito Corleone was feared but loved. Michael Corleone was hated. Why?
i think the answer is as provided by others. Vito was connected to the community. Michael was not. Vito also has a clearer understanding of his wider responsibilities to the extended corleone family (the gang) rather than just the blood family.
In the second movie Michael has no sympathy for Pangelli's plight. He tells them he's working on something that will fix things. I fail to see how Michael's Cuban deal with Roth would fix Frank's problems. The truth is Michael does not care.
Vito was a Godfather. Michael was not. Michael was a boss.
The metaphor is with big business just looking after themselves and not caring about the shareholder.
As for the question about whether Vito would have killed Fredo? Fredo would never have betrayed Vito so the question is moot.
I've watched Parts 1 & 2 in the last week or so and will get 3 next.
Interestingly my son, who is 13, said after watching Part 1 that it was the best movie he had ever seen.