Though always great to see Scorsese back in full flight Goodfellas mode, it kept reminding me of how I felt watching Bay's Pain & Gain. Despite the obvious similarities in theme and era, it's the uncomfortable comedic tone in places, the grotesquery, the vileness of the protagonists we're being asked to follow and that in both films do somewhat seduce (though ultimately repel) you. Only in Pain & Gain, though murderers, are somehow more likeable for their ineptitude. Still a better film stylistically than Pain & Gain though.
Loved this. Up to a point. Even once it started getting silly, I thought, 'this is Fincher's most fun film yet' (in a good way) and the satirical, dark comedic aspects I wasn't expecting all worked. And then it went too far and got a little too silly, even if it meant he could tie things up thematically, I stopped believing in any of the characters for the last 20mins. But all said n done, was still a lot of…