Goodfellas – Movie Review


Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

As far back as I could remember, I wanted to be a gangster…

Martin Scorsese is a master of his craft. His craft being making gangster films. Goodfellas is perfect in that respect; it is THE gangster movie. Its hard hitting, fast and stylish. Scorsese’s direction is inventive and upbeat, and never fails to amaze you. Whether its the continuous shots, quick editing, zoom in or the music cut-ins; you will be thrilled from the start.

The writing is sharp and witty, and every other line is quotable. The words that come out of these characters mouths are just simply genius. This matches with the typical Scorsese jumpy narrative. The film bounces along from point to point at a fast rate, but you couldn’t really call it fast paced. Plot wise, the film has its drawbacks because of the reality of it, but it still very enthralling.

What makes this movie special, is its acting. Ray Liotta is so diverse and lost, really becoming something different in this film. Robert De Niro is brilliantly flat in this movie, making him ice cool and so wonderful to watch. Joe Pesci is the highlight in any movie, but especially in this one, where he is hysterically mental. The rest of the cast are also very convincing, not to mention Lorraine Bracco, who is excellent and empathetic here.

There’s not much more I can say apart from that I could watch this movie all day every day. It is one of my favorites, and after watching it, it will be on of yours; probably because of the soundtrack.

Stylish and powerful, Scorsese and his acting team will amaze you with Goodfellas. – 5/5


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