First incursion in the world of Martin Scorsese, i have never forgotten the beauty of Sharon Stone & the performances bigger than life of Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci.
To this day i think this film is probably one of my favourite of all time, the direction is impeccable, the scenario fantastic, the whole cast amazing & the soundtrack is incredible.
Simply a great motion picture indeed!
Of course, special props must be given to the actors in this film, De Niro in particular. A virtual chameleon, De Niro once again disappears into this role until I no longer saw an actor, I saw Sam Rothstein, head of an up-and-coming Las Vegas casino. Hell, even the supporting cast were on their A-game. Casino is yet another example of a fine piece of cinema, and another reason as to why Martin Scorsese may possibly be the greatest director of all time.
Apart from its direction the film felt like it was trying to be goodfellas.
If you've seen Goodfellas, this movie is somewhat of a spiritual sequel to it, given that both films were directed by Scorsese, and 2/3 leading men in that previous film show up here as well. Where Goodfellas focused on the life and times of Henry Hill as he entered and exited the world of organized crime, Casino deals with the fictional story of the rise and fall of Sam "Ace" Rothstein (which, in turn, is inspired on the real-life story of Frank Rosenthal). It's a very well-crafted film, much like GoodFellas, and the interaction between DeNiro and Pesci works to a T. Watch out for the song "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones, which also shows up in The Departed.