Goodfellas

The Top 63 Marathon, part 49 (aka The Top 15)

Data
Title: Goodfellas
Year: 1990
Length: 146 minutes
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese, based on a book by Pileggi
Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco
Music: non-original music
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Pesci); Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Bracco) and Best Editing; currently #15 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: the career of a minor mafioso
How I saw it: on video several times, most recently yesterday (rented from Netflix)
Concept: Bad. Um… I don’t give a f***.
Story: Indifferent.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Bad.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh). It’s got a handful of iconic scenes that are at least worth seeing it once for. But for the most part, it’s boring. When we first started our Top 250 project, I almost decided not to do it because it would mean having to watch Goodfellas again. Well, Goodfellas and Scarface. I just don’t get why anyone would want to watch it a second time. Okay, I guess that’s not true; I can appreciate it… but the 15th best movie ever?  The IMDb voters are all insane.
Objective Rating: 2.6/4 (Good).

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