Directed by Martin Scorsese
The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
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★★★★★ review by Florin Stan on Letterboxd
"I'm gonna go get the papers, get the papers." - Jimmy Two Times
"Paulie may have moved slow but it was only because Paulie didn't have to move for anybody." - Henry
"Now go home and get your fucking shine box." - Billy Batts
"Here's a wing!" - Tommy
"Why don't you go fuck yourself, Tommy!" - Spider
"Nice!" - Jimmy
"Fucking great, what nice?" - Tommy
"What did you say? Are you being a fucking wise guy with me? Ha? What did I tell you? What did I tell you? What did I tell you? You don't buy anything, you hear me? Don't buy anything!" - Jimmy
"The fuck you're looking at? Come on, make that coffee to go, let's go! The fuck you doing? It's a joke. A joke! Put the fucking pot down. Are you gonna take the coffee?" - Tommy
Wiseguys, the movie.
★★★★★ review by SilentDawn on Letterboxd
An operatic descent into paranoia, a gorgeous soda-pop evocation of a seductive and vibrant world, a character study of despicable but human individuals, and a study of a changing criminal landscape; Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas is arguably his masterpiece, and It's a perfect example of Scorsese's exceptional style and his fascination with flawed people. With a never-ending rhythm of pop anthems that highlight, boost, and crank the infectious energy up to an almost obtainable level, this magnum opus grooves and flows like mercury that just ran out of a broken thermometer. Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci are three of the worst individuals that have been portrayed in the history of cinema, and yet, they're utterly breathtaking in their layers and their individuality.
It doesn't help that the world that they thrive in is sexy as hell, with the Copacabana Club being a visual manifestation of the joys and pleasures of being surrounded in the Mafia world. The famous one take isn't glorification just for glorification sake; It's more of a invitation to look closer and scoot further in your seat. The film is impossible to look away from, and there's strong evidence that it's more of a magnet than an actual film.
The story is a frankly unoriginal rise and fall story, but it's all about what the filmmakers do with the material. Scorsese takes this true story and injects the nostalgia, the violence, the humor, the twisty turns, and the rock 'n' roll styling and crams it all together into something miraculous. The editing by Thelma Schoonmaker and James Y. Kwei is quite possibly the best of all time, with the third act connecting image after image in a way that resembles a marathon run. Nothing feels off, and because of the swift editing, nothing is there to take you away from the screen.
Martin Scorsese is my 2nd favorite director, and he is a filmmaker that will continue to reawaken my love for the cinematic art form. The heights he has reached (and will probably continue to reach) are as high as the greatest giants of the medium, and Goodfellas is possibly his most influential achievement. While I may enjoy some of his films more or I may have a more emotional connection with other works in his filmography, I think it's very hard to doubt that Goodfellas is Scorsese at the peak of his magical powers. The guy is a sorcerer I tell ya.
★★★★★ review by Naughty on Letterboxd
A Magnificent Mafioso Masterpiece compliments of the legendary director Martin Scorsese! Featuring a brilliant cast of wiseguys and their broads - Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, and Paul Sorvino!
Based on a true story about despicable gangsters that you come to know and love through great storytelling and a masterful directing! Joe Pesci's rendition of Tommy DeVito was an explosive and truly terrifying experience to witness!
Required viewing for Gangster/Mobster film buffs!
★★★★★ review by Matt Blake on Letterboxd
Wait a Scorsese film without DiCaprio?!
Seriously though this film 👌🏼
In case you haven't understood, I thought this film was very good... fella
★★★★★ review by alphonse on Letterboxd
Goodfellas is probably not the best Martin Scorsese film, but I don't think I would hesitate to call it his most important film to date as it's definitely one of the most influential films ever created and arguably the ultimate gangster motion picture. Scorsese's influence on modern cinema (especially when we're talking about crime films) is clear—right after Goodfellas' release and deserved success, many filmmakers tried to recreate Martin's film with their own touch and, even if many of them didn't succeed, what matters is that, with a single film, Martin Scorsese managed to give a new life to a genre that was almost dying.
Of all gangster movies, Goodfellas is arguably the one that feels more realistic, everything related to the production and execution of the film is brilliant—the timing, the way Martin Scorsese conducts his film, the chemistry between the actors, the overall atmosphere and ultimately the fact that it's based on a true story make the film feel real & genuine. Once again, the American director achieved perfection—it's amazing how he managed to create such a violent and, at the same time, funny film and still make it feel heartfelt and humane.
It's almost impossible to not to admire the mastery involved in Goodfellas—Nicholas Pileggi's writing is undoubtedly great (the dialogue is perfect and the story is just excellent), but Scorsese's execution is even greatter. The way he tells his story and builds the narrative is so intelligent & efficient that thousands of directors tried to copy him and even the director himself is still using the same structure & style in some of his films and, unsurprisingly, those two films (Casino and his latest, The Wolf of Wall Street) are actually two of Martin Scorsese's best.
The influential style, structute, chatacterization and depiction of the life of an American gangster are undoubtedly grand and important, but the little details (e.g. seeing fat gangsters cooking greasy sausages in the yard or preparing dinner with all the care in the world when they're in jail) are what turn Goodfellas into one of my favourite films of all time—honstely, I just love to spend some time with the characters of the film, even if they were supposed to be unlikeable because, after all, they're all criminals who only care about money and violence.
Goodfellas also features a remarkable cast (most of the secondary actors would actually end up playing important roles in one of the most popular TV series of its time—The Sopranos) which includes Robert De Niro in top form in his hundredth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci in the best and most iconic role of his career (his performance is still one of the best in the history of cinema—he just embodies his character so well) and Ray Liotta in the lead role, who his also brilliant. As far as crime films go, they don't get much better than Goodfellas, which is one of the funniest, most well-realized & entertaining, yet heartfelt & dramatic gangster movies ever created.
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