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 brat pitt on Letterboxd
i was gonna write “wtf this is just the mafia version of the wolf of wall street” as my review but i just KNOW some guy who hates fun would comment “Actually, GoodFellas came out 23 years prior to The Wolf of Wall Street, so technically The Wolf of Wall Street would be the stockbroker version of GoodFellas. Both films are great, though!” so it’s not worth it
★★★★★ 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 aka Juli Norwood 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!
★★★★½ review by Ando de Badé on Letterboxd
Dies ist einer der ganz, ganz wenigen Filme, die man einfach nicht ausmachen kann. Der fliesst und fliesst und fliesst, und man kann nicht dagegen tun.
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