The first time I saw “Goodfellas”, I was blown away with the realism and rawness of some of its scenes. I realized I had seen a masterpiece. I strongly believe that the film has all it takes to be an award-winning motion picture starting from the setting, costumes, cast, script, until its soundtrack. It’s such a shame that Scorsese didn’t win the Oscar for Best Director.
This is a brilliant film that tells the rise and fall of three gangsters, Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy De Vito (Joe Pesci). Only a great filmmaker like Scorsese, who can take us deep into details of the suburban network of organized crime, which differs from both paradigmatic work of the genre, The Godfather. If the Godfather saga focuses on what could be called the aristocracy of the Mafia, Goodfellas shows us the lifestyle of what might be called the humble servants of the organization.
In fact, that toughness and realism of this film, along with the epic tone of “The Godfather”, led to the birth of what I consider one of the best series of the 2000s: “The Sopranos”. Scorsese gave a great leap with this film after “Raging Bull” and in my opinion, I think it’s the director’s second best (first would be “Taxi Driver” thirdly “Raging Bull” and fourth “Casino”).
Robert DeNiro’s impeccable acting has made the role of Jimmy Conway so well-rounded even though it’s not his first role. Joe Pesci has done the best role of his career, and Ray Liotta is also remarkable, his narration really worked well in this film. Well, say no more, I recommend this film to everyone, because it is certainly an excellent film work.