A review of the movie goodfellas directed by martin scorsese
This was Hill's seriocomic-tragic flaw and, later, his value to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Goodfellas is great entertainment.
In the '80s, it was Raging Bull.
Advertisement That was the life he wanted to lead, the narrator tells us. These two men, who have worked together eight times, bring out the best in each other. Pesci and Mr. The best known and most accomplished of these films, The Godfather , stakes out its territory firmly in the first area, leaving Goodfellas to stand atop the other. This, they say, is the American Dream gone onto rocks the size of Gibraltar. The screenplay by Pileggi and Scorsese distills those memories into a fiction that sometimes plays like a documentary, that contains so much information and feeling about the Mafia that finally it creates the same claustrophobic feeling Hill's wife talks about: The feeling that the mob world is the real world. It isn't even the throwaway bits of sociology the audience hears. Bracco was the cop's wife from out in the suburbs in " Someone To Watch Over Me ," a film in which her scenes were so effective that it was with a real sense of loss that we returned to the main story. Goodfellas begins calmly, but, by the time the final credits roll, there has been a great deal of blood shed. The story opens by introducing us to year old Henry Hill played by Christopher Serrone as a youngster and by Ray Liotta as an adult , our narrator. According to Scorsese, a lot of non-dialogue scenes were shot to playback. Miss Bracco is equally good, but so is the role.
Liotta met him in an undisclosed city; Hill had seen the film and told the actor that he loved it. Both characters share a host of traits, both in terms of temperament and personality although Jimmy is considerably lower on the mob food chain.
As it adopts the flat tone of Henry, its principal narrator, it also reflects Henry's jittery and driven concerns. Goodfellas is as compelling and absorbing as any crime drama I have ever seen.
Yet at the same time there was an element of furtive nostalgia, for bad times that shouldn't be missed, but were.
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