Good Fellas

goodfellasGood Fellas was released in 1990 by director Martin Scorsese. This film depicts is the wise-guy tale by Nicholas Pileggi published in 1985. Main character Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) is a local boy exposed to mob world of New York City at a young age. Advancing himself through the ranks, Hill earns a spot with the top dogs Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci). What started off as a petty criminal turns into a big-time thief as the young gangster starts committing crimes and ends up in jail, and gaining hierarchy in the mobster world. “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. To me, being a gangster was better than being the president of the United States,” narrates Henry Hill. This wasn’t just a hobby or job for the boy; this was his career and way of life. As the audience follows Henry growing up, falling in love, partying with the guys, and living the lifestyle he always dreamed of, he hits rock bottom. His wife isn’t happy with their relationship anymore, she’s noticing signs of a mistress, Hill’s new gig making and selling cocaine is causing controversy with his friends, and more and more mess is being made with the number of murders on his side of the mob. Throughout the film, we learn that money doesn’t always make you happy. Henry Hill has an abundant amount of funds that keeps on growing, but yet no matter how much he buys and tips, you follow a miserable man spiraling out of control. In the beginning of the movie, the audience wants to be these mob men, always chatting it up with beautiful women, drinking at the nicest bars tipping everyone is sight generously, and doing just about anything they damn please. Then, as we follow through the rest of the movie we notice this gets to the men’s head. Tommy is not thinking before he shoots and is killing innocent people, they are staying out all night making the wives and kids worried, and business is getting stickier and sticker adding cocaine dealing in the mix. What I enjoyed the most about this movie is that is shows a lifestyle that is not only luxurious, but dirty. Everything comes with a price and Henry Hill learns this as the films ends with separation with his wife Karen, losing custody of his kids, Conway and Cicero getting locked up, and drug arrest and life in prison for himself. Even though this was a depressing ending it showed how life of a gangster is fast and dangerous.


2 thoughts on “Good Fellas

  1. Hey, Alyssa, great post! Great description of the movie. I like when you said it shows a lifestyle that is not only luxurious but dirty, is a great way to sum things up. I think if you broke up your post into a couple paragraphs to help section it nicely it would make your post even better!


  2. Goodfellas is an incredible film. I love the character build up, and how their experiences mold them into such powerful criminals. It is interesting how i felt so connected with the characters and liked them, yet felt like they got what they deserved when they were killed.


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