I’ll give this movie some time in the future to develop into one of my favorite films of all time. I didn’t quite feel like I grasped everything at first, yet all that I could grasp was like grabbing free money. There’s so much in this movie I loved. I was intimidated right from the beginning with those gangsters with their calm and determined faces and I knew this was gonna be one hardcore gangster film, and surely enough it was. I enjoyed it better than the Godfather too, plus it felt so much more personal, I guess from getting to know the main gang from their formation, or maybe those sexist or perverted scenes (all hilarious), or the background music, it all just feels familiar. Plus I really got a taste of the New York feel, not to mention how certain scenes “looked” the part of the time taking place (30s or 60s), I don’t know if that’s a setting on the camera or magic but I found it intriguing. And don’t let the length intimidate you, I was watching this with the swiftness as the movie got it right with the quickness and let me handle my business.
If I could sum up this movie with one scene, it would be the car joyride into the lake. The ending also left me in an uncomfortable trance with that smile of DeNiro that I just stared off into as the credits rolled with the melancholic music… I honestly don’t know what that was about, but I do know this was certainly an unforgettable cinematic experience.