Friday, June 21, 2013

#90: "Goodfellas" (1990)

Martin Scorcese's "Goodfellas" is the next film on the list of movies I'm watching this year to broaden my horizons.  Obviously, this film is iconic.  Shortlisted in gangster films with the likes of The Godfather, it is the kind of movie that people stare at you when they find out you've never seen it.

At an expansive 2 1/2 hours, it's a surprisingly quick story.  Taking place over the course of thirty or so years, we follow the lead character (who is certainly not a protagonist), Henry Hill.  Portrayed marvelously by Ray Liotta, he is a witty, short-tempered and overly-confident child in a man's body.

The funny thing about this movie is how it paces the first half in this throwback style, then breaks the mold in the third act, making the arguments and the violence unsettling and unpredictable.

It's a terrible kids movie.