What makes Goodfellas so damn great is that it is the ultimate mesh between style and substance. Every camera move is dizzyingly cooler, every scene more intense, every song choice more inspired then the one that came before it. But at the same time, true character work and drama are never sacrificed for the easy thrill of technique.
10/10 - Best gangster film ever, in my book. Those 2.5 hours fly by so fast.... Scorsese does best of both worlds like noone else: fans of blockbuster cinema will find him entertaining enough, and art-house snobs will find him artistic enough. No compromises needed. And thats greatness.
The loud music is incredibly and increasingly annoying (however much I like the actual pieces). It is eating away at the body of the film. I've counted 41 tracks (excluding Happy Birthday To You and Danny Boy) in the closing credits. Otherwise the film is very disturbing and quite enjoyable and has a well-pronounced documentary value.
The production is rich, with great cinematography and design, it is like watch a movie produced in the current year. De Niro, Liotta, and Joe pesci are in a perfect sintony and dont need efforts to show their charisma. A movie about mafia with a touch of humour, but not so remarkable for me. Soundtrack is awesome. 3.5/5
Martin Scorsese was the first director that I ever explored beyond their filmography. I was so attracted to his style that I just had to know more about him. He has had a profound impact on my life as someone that loves films. Not only is he one of the most talented American directors but he is also one of the most insightful. Goodfellas is his finest work, along with Raging Bull, Casino, and Taxi Driver.
One of the most meticulously directed films of all time. Every shot, every edit, every movement, every line of dialogue. There isn't a moment where you feel like Scorsese doesn't have firm grasp of everything he's doing. He takes a tale literally as old as cinema and rejuvenates with an energy you don't find even in films by young directors. Though not my favorite Scorsese, this is where his craft is at it's apex.