[quote]Vega,what are your thoughts on Scarface?
Ive always been a fairly big Scarface fan,but after recently watching it again,I was a little unsure on how good a film it is
No doubt Pacino is one of the finest actors in film history,and as usual hes great in Scarface.Sometimes I feel that he carried this film,and its success and cult status has been due to his iconic character.The film is very outdated,but thats not my main concern.What annoys me the most,is the fact that the movie is essentially supposed to be an epic tale about the rise of Tony Montana,struggling refugee to druglord,and the ONE film doesnt really do the story justice.There also seems to be some uneccessary character development,such as that of his sister
Do you agree that this ‘epic’ shouldnt have been packed into just one film?Give me some reasons to remind me why I used to love this film[/quote]
I always felt the great thing about Scarface was how it showed that Tony Montana’s greed and paranoia became like a disease that infected everyone around him. As far as the film not being long enough? Its a long film, it takes place over a number of months, it showed how somebody with ambition and no fear could make it fast and big in a short amount of time. Which was very true if you look at the film at the time it was made.(Back in the early 80s there were hundreds if not thousands of Tony Montanas running around the US). ÃƒÅ But, I think the film works fine in the space of time it was made for. ÃƒÅ ÃƒÅ
Reasons why I love the film:
a) The great atmosphere. Scarface is really like a film noir gangster tale, but DePalma turned the dark, shadowy environment of 40s film noir into the exact opposite: a bright, neon filled, beautiful Miami setting. This adds an even more interesting layer to it.
b) Al Pacino. This is his best performance in a film for my money. He IS Tony Montana in this. His accent, his craziness, his subtle shades of humor, just brilliant.
c) The colorful characters: Before I even knew who Quentin Tarantino was, I knew Brian DePalma. He had the same kind of crazy characters in his films. Dark, ironic, satirical. Just watch his other films, youll see what I mean. ÃƒÅ
- After watching Pulp Fiction and Scarface back to back recently I noticed that Mia Wallace could be like a 90s version of Elvira (Michelle Pfieffer). Watch both actresses in the films, see if you can see what I do.
- The film IS dated. But it is a specific period piece. 1980’s Miami was a much different time than now.
- I don’t think that the character development of Tony’s sister Gina really makes the film bad, the film didnt focus totally on her, but once she came into the story, Tony affected her. It was a natural progression in the film. Her mothers fears came true, even SHE knew that Tony was like a Black Hole that sucked people in and destroyed them eventually. (Which he does throughout the film).
- On another note: If youve seen the film, you saw the scene where Tony and Manny are watching Treasure of The Sierra Madre (one of my favorite films of all time) on TV at the refugee camp. Treasure and Scarface are basically dealing with the same material. The difference being in Treasure the greed and madness was based around the GOLD, but in Scarface it was based around Cocaine and power.
Watch both films, you’ll see the similarities between them. Bogarts Fred C Dobbs is basically an earlier version of Tony Montana. Tony even imitates Fred C Dobbs in the film (Those filthy cockaroachezz).