In spite of being highly stylish and referential, this flick goes off the rails and over the top (figuratively and literally) at its climax. Setting aside several plotting issues, arbitrary female characters (Danielle and Leigh don't accomplish much save for being threat tokens), and troubles aligning plot to framing, it is effective pulp. And Juliette Lewis has a wonderfully understated naturalism about her.
FUCK THIS movie sometimes the breakup overshadows the relationship. doesn't really matter how beautiful the first half is when the last half makes you want to curl up into a ball and both never leave nor remain indoors (still the first half was so stunning :/ )
Some cool cinematography and color use. Alot of really campy and almost comical moments. DeNiro is great but I couldn't get over the feeling there was something off about his accent. The pacing was good but it would have been better 20 minutes shorter. Alot of fat on the movie that wasn't needed.
This a film that requires more than one viewing to really appreciate it. At first view you almost hate it but the more you think about it and watch it you realize how great this film really is. Scorsese has the ability to make unlikable characters earn your sympathy. De Niro is brilliant as usual in this film, even if the supporting cast lags at times, but nonetheless Scorsese keeps it all together.
That's the only movie from Scorsese that leaves me wondering... "was it necessary?". I've just seen it once, and always avoid to see it again. I feel it's an unnecessary movie from him, I don't know... when I can convince myself to see it again, I guess I'll review my perspective on it.