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.
Fuck you and all your tough guy macho bullshit. Fuck you and your gangster bravado bullshit. I don't care how cool the shots are and how hip the soundtrack is, you're all just a bunch of loudmouth assholes and I couldn't give any less of a fuck about what happens to any of you. Do you amuse me? Not one tiny bit - D.
Despite extraordinary unlikable characters, there's a profound sense of class in a directing approach that is almost equivalent to the great set of musical numbers. Even in its most sadistic moments, it still evokes the spirit that feels closer to roaring 20s than swinging 60s. Like the protagonists are stuck in their own time of Jimmy Cagney even though their methods evolved enough to keep their audience satisfied.
This was the film where Scorsese jumped the shark for me. This was when he decided to go BIG and mainstream. It's just so damn easy to plug into America's insatiable desire for violence. Thank God he still makes documentaries, because those are quite good.