Secondly, the character development and story pacing is perfect. In the first act, we are provided with Henry's upbringing and his introduction into the mob: his rise. The second act, provides us with Henry, Pesci, and De Niro in the prime of their lives. And finally, the third act shows us how it all falls apart. It should be noted that the narration throughout the film, definitely adds a greater sense of personality.
Overall, Scorsese pulls off a masterclass in depicting Henry Hill's life style, and even with the film sitting at almost two and a half hours, it doesn't drag. Every scene contains meaning, and provides a greater sense of perception into the social hierachy/inner-workings of the mob.
It took me a while, but I finally got around to seeing 'Goodfellas', and what an excellent film it is. This based-on-true-events story is packed full of disturbing performances, tons of style and endlessly fascinating characters as you get sucked into the seedy underworld of the mob. From a technical standpoint, you couldn't really ask for more. Plenty of long takes and luscious cinematography keep you glued to the screen, as does the terrific acting from everyone; particularly Joe Pesci, of whom's performance has become iconic at this point. On the negative side, I didn't connect as much emotionally with the characters as I would have liked. Perhaps this is either unintentional, unavoidable or both, but it meant that certain moments didn't quite have the impact I was hoping for. It's a minor quibble, but when you're dealing with something as acclaimed as 'Goodfellas' is, it's important to make clear. Even so, the film was always riveting, and Martin Scorsese makes it all look so easy. It's violent, cruel and unsettling - and all the better for it.
Stop busting my balls!
The film spans a period of thirty years or so and follows the lives of three main characters or 'GoodFellas' as the film is titled. Three men in the same mob who have each other's back be it in their criminal activities of extortion, hijacking, robberies at airports, GBH, drug dealing...
The three characters are kid Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Jimmy (Robert De Niro) and crazy psychopath Tommy (Joe Pesci).
The film is directed by Martin Scorsese. A director whose work I admire but whose films can drag on a bit in running length. You need patience for the first act at least.
At first I thought the film was glamourising the life of a sixties mobster but it becomes plainly clear that it is a dangerous profession!
Based on a nonfiction book Wiseguy rather than the fictional The Godfather. The film ends with a few cue cards of what happened next.
The close relationship between the three forms the backbone of the film. Through the good times of lots of money, through to backstabbing and witness protection that Henry goes through at the end to prevent a long prison sentence.
A good storyline if somewhat slow at first.
Stick with the film it is really good.
Goodfellas no es más que otro estereotipo de la mafia italoamericana.