Man … when has Scorsese ever seemed lost? New York New York works absolutely every angle. Jimmy just came back from WW2 and is making Times Square his with three things on his mind: music, money, and girls (in that order).
80 minutes in, I’m glad to see I still have 80 left to smoke through; De Niro takes you up then down with top-notch music and his innate ability to make any man’s life look like a Pulitzer novel.
Scorsese combines Technicolor musicals with his studies of volatile men who can only express themselves through anger, and the result is not only wonderful but remarkably natural. Nodding to The Band Wagon, Some Came Running, Swing Time, A Star is Born, and more, its tale of lovers who can only be happy apart is part cinema, part life. And if it's unjustifiably long (it is), a perfect ending goes a long way.
A lovely mix of old Hollywood and 70s Hollywood. An underrated Scorsese film that I think people weren't ready for this side of him in '77. Deniro is very strong as is Minnelli (my 1st exposure to her outside of Arrested Development) who shines in the latter half of the film that focuses on her.
Despite the wonderful "Happy Endings" number and one or two other wonderful numbers from Liza, I'm gonna have to rate this one two stars for being boring as hell with really awkward dialogue. I don't know what went wrong, I love Scorsese, DeNiro, Minnelli, and musicals. This was just too long and too odd for my taste.
De Niro at his best, plus Minelli bringing back that divine Garland touch. It`s mesmerizingly beautiful, dashingly heat-warming, and brilliantly well-portrayed. Wonder why they think it is not coherent?! I feel stunned.
p.s. Minelli version tops Sinatra!
New York, New York is a psychodrama musical that is unlike anything to ever exist again. This looks and feels like a true masterpiece - especially the opening V-Day sequence. The first meeting between DeNiro and Minnelli is one for the ages. The sets, lighting, costumes, and musical numbers are first-rate and awe-inspiring. While it gets a little laggy and off-focus, there is some true movie magic to behold here.