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.
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.
You can't say that much, and yet... This is a golden fire. It has everything I love about movies: Violence, humor, good acting, nice music and a very very present sense of style (I mean, like a perceivable vision... that's a must in art, I believe), you never doubt it's a Scorsese movie. You kind of feel his involvement in every detail of the movie.
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