Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Goodfellas by Martin Scorsese

Goodfellas is the most accesable of Martin Scorsese's masterpieces. It is well-acted, it is dark but it is still humorous (think of The Departed but with Joe Pesci instead of Mark Whalberg). This picture moves with frantic pacing that doesn't let up for its entire 145-minute run-time. Ray Liotta plays Henry Hill a man that we can't seem to feel sorry for though we feel his pain every step of the way whereas Robert De Niro is a crook and Pesci is just a sociopath. Martin Scorsese paints a picture of a sad life where nothing is off limits but nothing is right. It also reigns as the only gangster picture made about the every day life of the Wise Guys (Goodfellas or Foot Soliders).

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