Goodfellas (1990) (mini-review++)

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(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

Goodfellas

acting 9

directing 10

effects 9

editing 10

writing 10

SW SCORE: 48

5 out of 5 🐙

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There are only two other mob movies that can be in the conversation for best mob film ever: The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II. And as much as I love those movies, I think the best film in this three-horse race is Goodfellas. I would not say it is Scorsese’s finest films but that’s because he is a singular genius. For almost every other director, this would be their opus. It feels like something that could happen in the real world but it is at the same a sprawling, layered, magnificent epic. It is a modern-day Shakespearean tragedy. The Godfather films are also nearly perfect examples of tragedy but they feel like a slightly stylized version of a horrible criminal world. It feels a bit too perfect. Goodfellas, on the other hand, is blood and guts and sadness and it’s told from the outside of the mob family not from the perspective of a reluctant prince. Again, don’t get it twisted. All three are basically perfect movies. But I just felt like quibbling.

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Review process: (this is always evolving, I’m sad to say. I’m more of a watcher who makes mostly unhelpful observations about things I have absorbed. I am not unlike a pop culture blob.)

Two scores are assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)

(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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