So much of what Michael does wrong in this movie is driven by those flaws that his father just does not have. His father has the easy confidence in his abilities, in his righteousness, and in his general goodness, and Michael doesn’t have that. All he’s got is a tiny devil on both of his shoulders.
Michael has become unmoored. He’s lost his bearings as a human being in a way that Vito never did. Vito had a moral core that Michael doesn’t.
He (Vito) has a sense of the right thing to do. This is the right thing to do, in this system, and that’s a huge contrast with what Michael ends up with.
I’m looking forward to The Godfather Part II, part 2 🇮🇹