This modern classic is a fascinating tale about the rise and fall of an ambitious gangster, fantastically directed (and edited) and told in a most brutal way by Martin Scorsese, with many memorable moments and a remarkable performance by Joe Pesci, who steals the show. From the beginning the film has you left feeling hungry for pasta and cigars. Okay, maybe not so much the cigars but you get the picture.
A modern gangster film, bringing attention to a whole genre. The curious thing about this movie is that it left me intrigued by the mystery of “why?”, why was I watching? The movie kept you interested just enough without revealing much. Just watching this guy’s crazy life is enough to satisfy our monkey brains. I have never personally been a huge fan of gangster movies but this one caught my attention specifically. The idea to tell the story in a “Wonder Years” format using one of the best soundtracks ever was a stroke of genius and the post modern conclusion was the perfect way to end the story. Overall I thouroghly enjoyed this movie and it opened my mind to a whole new genre.