For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!
If you are in the mood for a gangster movie this is it. It’s a classic mob movie that doesn’t glamorize the lifestyle, in fact it represents the opposite side. There is no honor or loyalty to be found among these men. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) are the trio that in the span of this movie go through three decades of life in the mob, making their living off of drugs and a constant threat of danger.
Through voiceover we become attached to what seems like a more mature Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who lets us know why he became a gangster, and despite everything that happens why he continues in the lifestyle. It’s not a pretty film- full of drugs, violence, adultery, and murder- but Scorsese makes the film accessible.
Oh, and the soundtrack is fantastic.
In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns: