The conundrum of the f-word being a comma or a noun was faced quite frequently in the movie Goodfellas. With a shocking 300 f-words in a 2.5-hour span (that’s two f-bombs a minute), I think we can safely assume that the f-word is indeed a comma. Once you get passed all the profanity (or not), the movie ends in a sort of satisfying way. Henry does not die, but is instead trapped. That does not make anyone want to punch him in his smug face any less, but at least he is not rolling in dough like he was before.
Like most “bad guys,” Henry got crazier as the movie progressed. For example, he starts off the movie as a sort of decent kid that just wanted to fit in somewhere, so he got a job with the mob. The worse thing he did was ditch school. Years down the road, he is a paranoid drug dealer (and addict) using a fake babysitter to deliver his cocaine. To me, this movie was a brother’s Grimm fairy tale because of the message it delivered. The message was more of a “don’t do this or else…” warning. This movie showed a very non-conventional way of making a living for one’s self without completing school. A person can get what they want, wealth, family, love, sex, the American dream, but it’s not sustainable. It was not obtained the “right” way so it is only temporary.
Though Henry’s journey to paranoid drug addict and later couch potato was well developed, Goodfellas was just way too long. Besides the length, I completely hated the way the mob disregarded and treated their women. Henry was quite passive when he hung out with his “boys,” remaining in the background of gatherings. But when he got home to Karen, he could be seen beating her up or instantly leaving to go to his side chick.
Overall, I’m completely convinced Henry got what he deserved. Justice is supposed to prevail against the wife beaters and it did in a very modern-esque way. In today’s world, the death sentence is illegal all over (but not everywhere). It would just make more sense for a person to take the plea deal or be the whistle blower, rather than die. However, that is no excuse for beating up the lady. Deadpool (his movie had at least one sort of profanity every minute) treated his lady better than anyone else in Goodfellas and he’s an insane, mutated mercenary!