Entertaining. But is burdened and dated due to it fully being about only that. It avoids emotional and dramatic complication nearly always, the only time its conflicts are treated without a smile and are dramatized, if only slightly, are oddly not the scenes of raw violence and mob politics, but the marriage drama. Scorsese has more emotionally involving films, and Goodfellas is fun, but could've had a deeper focus.
A perfectly crafted film that stands amongst Scorsese's best. Extremely entertaining adapted from the Nichoas Pileggi book that through extraordinary casting, masterful cinematography and precision editing stands as essential cinema. Music use is exemplary. Liotta stands out in a career best performance as does De Niro, Bracco, Pesci and Chuck Low. Best in show though has to be the work of Michael Ballhaus.
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.
Still my No.1 after all these years. There's simply nothing sufficient here. I usually don't identify with any sort of this kind of "masculinity", I even despise it deeply, but this movie is so perfect in every possible way, especially storytelling and the Pesci's acting.
I've easily seen this film over a hundred times, and it remains in my eyes one of the most compulsively watchable, fascinating, effortlessly brilliant pieces ever. A real testament to Scorsese's genius.
The film is an intense study of a Mafia family --based on true events-- explores the lives of gangsters through the eyes of Henry Hill. The story is deeply fascinating, the acting is SUPERB, the script is sheer inside brilliance and the movie feelings of the atmosphere of the time period seems so real. It's a true modern classic.
Scorsese's Greatest film and the biggest robbery that the academy has ever executed. The second greates mob movie ever made after The Godfather. Just think of it this way no Henry Hill no Tony Soprano.