Goodfellas is my number one of all time. I have stated that like infinite times now.
Casino is like a bigger, bolder, more shiney version of Goodfellas, but not better in my opinion. It shows off a lot and that totally suits the Vegas athmosphere. But Goodfellas had this closeness, this familiarity, like you are one of the dozens of Pete;s and Marie’s on the Wedding.
Casino develops the characters of De Niro and Pesci, which for me works great for Pesci. He is totally bad ass in it and maintains a same high standard as he did in Goodfellas, with a bigger part and more cool lines!
De Niro is kind of a pantsy…he has this cool: I always win with gambling side, which is deminished by him being a total playball of others. He also lacks some coldbloodness cool like he did have as Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas.
Although I am glad that Scorsese went with Sharon Stone, in stead of lame ass actrice Madonna, for the role of Ginger, I find her part a bit too big. At first it irritates and then gets boring…I serieusly wanted Lester Diamond (James Woods) fucking dead.
Goodfellas on the other hand concentrates on Henry and lets all the characters around him play their role. In a brilliant way. Maybe some aren’t too much developed and you would want to see more of them, but I think the balance was JUST right.
They keep you wanting more, in stead of less, in Gingers case…Casino wants TOO much in my opinion. It wants to show all the main characters and misses attachment, which I strongly have with Henry Hill.
What also attracts me to Goodfellas is the 3 part structure: The kid Henry, the rise and settling in the mafia and the paranoia, drugged out ratting out your lifelong pals to safe your own life finale. The rise and fall theme of many/ all of Scorsese’s movies, which is executed very slick. It doesnt go all over the place, but takes you step by step further into Henry’s demise.
Scorsese didn’t cut himself slack by focusing on others, but kept us right there locked up in the life of Henry. Too keep this interesting for so long, is VERY hard.
Although Casino shines in its bling, Goodfellas third part with its fast cuts is THE best portrayal of drugged out paranoia…also some very daring shots by Scorsese, making it almost a music video. BIG kudoos, props, bananas on sticks and pie for Thelma Schoonmaker.
Goodfellas is complete, focussed and a wonderful movieride. FULL of details and classic and wise at its birth.
Shame to see so many of you prefer Casino Hehehe, just kidding, I actually like it
To strengthen my case, posting this probably 10 times already, but here goes again:
De Niro acts out a scene without moving a muscle, just by his expression you know what he wants to do; kill “Morrie”. Sunshine of your love is playing, camera zooms in…excellence.