Film Reviews, Short Review

Goodfellas (1990)

4/4

Goodfellas will forever be Martin Scorsese at his most wildly entertaining, exuberant and decadent; a full-on rock’n’roll film for a full-on rock’n’roll filmmaker. It might not quite achieve the subtle artistic heights of his very best work like Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy, or The Last Temptation of Christ, but it’s the one Scorsese film I’ll always return to when I’m looking to kick back and enjoy myself; certainly there are few other gangster films which do such a fine job of depicting both the decadent allure and inevitable crashing fall of organised crime life. At two hours and twenty minutes, it perhaps marks the point where Scorsese stopped bothering to edit his films properly anymore, but unlike, say, the wasteful three-hour runtime of The Wolf of Wall Street or similarly bloated borefests like The Aviator, there isn’t a single wasted second in Goodfellas. Testament to Scorsese’s ability when he’s at the top of his game.

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