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Posted on 12/21/13 08:17 PM
It's No Godfather but Pacino's performance and the story are what keep this film afloat along with the great line of "SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!!!"
What this film REALLY is though is a cultural watershed. This film has so much...stuff that was used in it that became basically trademarks for future gangster films(and to some extent) other 80's films. From the rise and fall aspect(which yes was in lots of other films before this but this really showed it in a way that was more wildly adopted) all the way down to the extreme violence shoot out in the end which was adapted in to MANY films after wards(Most notably in Tarantino films) this film was full of that it also helped pioner the aspect of soundtracks being..more then just well..music. After this film was released I guarantee you that every 80's film and films after wards soundtracks where more then just "Musical numbers" they started to adopt the commercial aspect of the music and became huge success(Sometimes more successful then the film it's self)from such land marks as Top Gun*Not a good film but the sound track was amazing* to almost EVERY John Hughes films this film opened the flood gates and really started the 80's movie revolution. I still watch this film now and love the soundtrack and find the film it's self enjoyable ALOT.
I also like watching Pacino. Some people might accuse him of over acting but I wouldn't to me he just looked like he literally was having fun with the role and enjoyed it. And you can see it in scenes. For example the scene where he's dancing his Michele Pfeifer he has this look in his eyes of "Hey I know I look weird doing this but hey it's fun" and also another scene where he looks positively enjoyed by what he does is (Again) with Pfeifer where he steels her hat wears it. I honestly don't think that scene was screpted and he just improved it and it worked great.
I applaud DePalma for(Pardon the pun) Pushing the limits in this film and not compromising it(from the gritty and GRAPHIC violence to the AMAZING soundtrack all the way down to the realistic drug use)it made the film..surprisingly more...real even for a film that's(Tech) a remake. In closing this is a classic rise and fall film and it really is also a classic 80's film.