Director Martin Scorsese’s gripping gangster opus recounts three decades in the life of real-world mobster Henry Hill, who dreamed of becoming a big-time wise guy but landed in the Witness Protection Program instead. The movie was nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. It is considered to be one of the greatest films ever made by many.
Some scenes are very good or excellent like the opening credits scene, the scene where Tommy asks what’s funny or the scene where Tommy shoots at a kid. The scene where James starts getting angry at his associates for buying stuff is very good. The dead bodies turning up at different places is an excellent scene.
Had watched this movie long time back and did not like it much back then. Revisited the movie and still have mixed feelings. But now after having watched Scorsese’s latest movie The Wolf Of Wall Street, felt that The Wolf Of Wall Street was very similar to Goodfellas in its treatment. Goodfellas is a biopic of a gangster and it glamorizes the gangster life style. The Wolf Of Wall Street was a biopic of a stockbroker and it glamorized the Wall Street lifestyle. Henry Hill, the lead character narrates the story proudly revealing their exploits the same way Jordan Belfort did in The Wolf Of Wall Street. Goodfellas does not have any nudity though. There is a scene in Goodfellas where Henry who is on drugs and is driving a car all paranoid. There was a scene in The Wolf Of Wall Street where Leonardo drives a car while on drugs. Henry testifies against his associates the same way Jordan Belfort did in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Ray Liotta was good as Henry who narrates the movie. Robert De Niro was excellent as he always is in a gangster role. Joe Pesci was excellent as Tommy and he deservedly won a Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Lorraine Bracco was very good as Henry’s wife and she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Paul Sorvino was good too.
The movie has excellent performances, some excellent scenes and very good dialogues but despite all it feels unsatisfying. May be its because there are too many characters or may be because it tries to pack in too much stuff or may be its because of three decades that it encompasses. Its also a bit too long at 2 hr 26 min. Martin Scorsese’s direction is good for the most part.Tags: Exclusive Goodfellas Joe Pesci Martin Scorsese Member Reviews Movies You Watched This Month Ray Liotta Reviews Robert DeNiro The Wolf of Wall Street