Goodfellas (1990)

Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Produced by: Irwin Winkler
Screenplay by: Nicholas Pileggi; Martin Scorsese
Based on: Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
Starring: Robert De Niro; Ray Liotta; Joe Pesci; Lorraine Bracco; Paul Sorvino
Cinematography: Michael Ballhaus
Edited by: Thelma Schoonmaker
Running time: 145 minutes
Language: English
Genre: Biographical Crime Film

Seeran Review: ‘As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster’. That music just now as he sees the man in the dickey, changed everything that it is not going to be a film so serious into the actions, but just travel over the flyovers of death. But only at the end I did recognise it being a true story. ‘To me being a gangster is better than being the president of the United States’. ‘My father who was Irish’ – Reminded of Gangs of New York (2002).

Screen freezing was utilized perfectly, Tamil film Viswaroopam (2012) was another though it 20 years from this movie. The screen freezing makes the scene seem un-important and gets the utmost attention to the voice at the back. ‘That’s what it’s all about. That’s what the FBI could never understand. What Paulie and the organization does is protect people who can’t go to the cops. That’s it. They are the police department for wise guys’.

When for the first time the lady’s mind voice was heard to us, I thought her to be some agent who is the mission to hunt him but it was not. Reminded of the bond film Goldfinger (1964) as I saw the costumes in the swimming pool. Locasto shirts existed then! Certain scenes still haunts me when the men who plans to kill another, decides to kill him next day as he is moved by the joke he utters. ‘She’ll kill him, but not divorce him’. ‘Now take me to jail’. ‘Forget about tonight. Forget about it’ ‘It was a load off my mind. He never knew how close he’d come to getting killed’. Notice the credits.

It’s a gangster film.

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