Tuesday, March 11, 2008

GoodFellas (1990)

This great mob movie takes a close look at music and incredible award winning acting. This is the story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) who grows up to become a well known gangster under the direction of Jimmy Conway (Robert DeNiro). It started when Henry was just a long boy and his thrill for the job contunued on until he was arrested and later underwent the witness protection program.There partner Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) is a regular comedian with the crew and is a all around hard worker until he tries to become part of this Italien gang and get's "wacked". Getting wacked seems to be the biggest problem these boys have to worry about, as well as keeping their families in good health. One aspect that really stuck out in this film was sound. To me it was really intersting to have a narrator (Ray Liotta) throughout the entire movie and to also have a soundtrack playing. I thought allthe sounds did a really great job at fitting in with the plot and the time period in which this movie took place. It has songs with artists such as Cream, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and The Who. As you can see there is a wide variety of what was being played througout the entire 145 minutes. I think the composer or person who picked the music for this film tried to fit songs of fear or intimidation during the "wacking" scenes or scenes with the gangsters together but the songs that were used for the less violent scenes that included family or other leisure activities using calmer melodies. Next the acting is noteworthy. First I would like to recognize the performance by Robert DeNiro who plays the main leader Jimmy Conway who gives a very cold performance to those he is looking to steal from or whack. When it comes to his family though he is a just as nice as can be and very generous with compensation. Robert DeNiro has been an other similar movies such as Casino and 15 minutes where he plays a simliar role. He isn't the sterotypical funnyman or hearthrob but more the tough older brother type that you can rely on. I think he was picked for this role because of his repution with this type of acting and for his looks. He gave us the perfect mob vibe with this charcoal suit and slicked back hair. Another actor worth taking note of is Joe Pesci who got the oscar for best supporting actor as Tommy DeVito. He where very comical to all the characters in this film and carried himself very well until he got whacked trying to get accpeted into a new italien only group. This film did a great job at showing the true story come to big screen. Both the music and acting did justice to what really took place.

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