Three Decades of Life in the Mafia.
Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to climb up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy?
Perfection. Pure cinematic perfection from the very first frame to the everlasting feelings of joy one gets from having experienced this masterpiece of masterpieces. It's insanely quotable and despite knowing what will happen having watched it many times, it always feels fresh and scenes still have the power to sneak up on me and leave me shaken, stirred and banged up. The narration is so good. Not only is it in its written form the best narration I have ever heard, but the way it is integrated into the movie is wonderful. Just the way the levels are adjusted and the way Liotta's voice sounds is amazing. It's a pleasure just to listen to it.
The soundtrack is arguably the…
You watch this movie, realize that it got beat out for a best picture Oscar by Dances with Wolves... and you don't want to live on this planet anymore.
I decided to give Scorcese's film another go and while I still appreciate the skill involved I just cannot get myself to like this film.
The problem is that in a film full of antagonists the audience always loses. This film doesn't make me care for a single character and that completely takes me out of it. It turns me from a spectator into a passerby.
The story arch is fine and it is told with Scorcese's usual skill. Most performances are excellent and engaging, but I just keep coming back to the fact that I need a protagonists I can root for in a story like this. Our supposed hero, the way he's written, is simply not a character…
One of the great films of the generation. This film portrays the gangster lifestyle of the past perfectly. Scorsese does great work in bringing this story to life, of course with the help of amazing performances from De Niro, Liotta, and Pesci. From beginning to end, the film is a ride that keeps you at the edge of your seat, wanting more, more and more, without disappointment.
Someone once told me they thought Casino was better. Well, they were wrong. And stupid.
Thought it wouldn't live up. It did. I'm dumb.
What can be said really? The style of this film is still second to none. The editing is just...some of the most brilliant of all time really. The whole film feels like one long montage, the way scenes and vignettes flow and the music is the backdrop for EVERYTHING (and what fucking music).
Of course, when the actual energetic montage (Sunday, May 11th, 1980) happens, which we've all seen a million times, it is still completely electrifying. Just a smorgasbord of style, editing, paranoia, sweat, music and druggy sleaze.
Which brings me to another point. I've frequently heard the comment about the movie that though Scorsese was not TRYING to glorifying…
Spoonfeeding the audiences at every turn
From Community to The Simpsons, even the homages to this movie are above and beyond most other things in life.
"Goodfellas" is one of those films that is just classic scene after classic scene, and it is arguably the best work of anyone involved; definitely the best work of Ray Liotta.
This movie is amazing in most ways, but it has a fatal flaw. Scorcese takes you inside life in the mafia, but at the same time the picture he paints remains superficial. The result is an accomplished, very enjoyable movie that keeps you at a distance.
Forget the Godfather. Forget Casino. Everything you want from a scary/funny Italian/American story is right here.
Amazing film! Acting was off the hook. Personal favourites from De Niro, and Liotta! Well worth the hype!
I finally saw this for the first time a few week ago, something that is considered a crime if you're a movie buff.
I was excepting to it to be incredibly overrated but despite how hyped up it was a great film.
Although it feels its length, it does manage to hold your attention the entire 2 and a half hours, which I contribute souly to Ray Liotta's narration. This type of film NEEDS a narrator as there isn't really story, just a series of events about Henry Hill's 30 years in the mafia. Without a narrator this film would suffer.
Joe Peshi's performance is very overrated though. He has one personality the entire film and granted manages to be quite intimidating and scary, he's very one dimensional and not at all Oscar worthy.
I'm glad I saw it though and Goodfellas is one of the few Scorsese films I would watch more than once.
again and again and again and again
Goodfellas: the main reason I have an intense aversion to Kevin Costner.