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Goodfellas (1990) Movie Review

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A Crime Thriller and Mob Movie Classic

Goodfellas follows Henry Hill an American Italian immigrant as he navigates his way through the Italian mafia with the help of his friends James Conway and Tommy Devito.

Goodfellas is regarded as an American classic for many reasons including it’s portrayal of “Cosa Nostra” and the excellent performances from the main actors from Ray Liotta (Henry Hill), Joe Pesci (Tommy Devito), and Robert De Niro ( James Conway). From the first scene, we are thrown into the mold as we see Henry drive down the road to the sounds of something coming from the trunk. Henry pulls over as Tommy gets out and brutally stabs into the man multiple times before James puts multiple rounds into his chest before he is no longer moving. Then the iconic line is uttered, “As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster.”

Goodfellas is one of many movies during the time that came out depicting the lives of the Italian Mafia in America, but this one stood out even to other standouts like the Godfather series. It took a real gritty approach to depict the life of a mobster, compared to the Godfather which glorified the life. As shown in the movie, life for a mobster including looking over your back constantly afraid that your own friend will kill you. We see this with Henry Hill as he became a mobster being molded since his youth where he parked cars for mobsters and was forced to cooperate with the police to save his own life from fear of being killed.

The real Henry Hill even praised Ray on his performance and noted how realistic it was. Most of the movie is spot on when it comes to its depiction of real-life events excluding changing names for the main characters. This is a movie that should be viewed by everyone even if you are not a fan of the genre. The movie never shows a dull scene from the iconic “How am I funny” scene to showing the paranoia which flowed through Henry Hill in the last act of the movie.

Final Rating: 10 out of 10 Sleeping with the Fishes

© 2021 Jared Martin


Cindy on January 08, 2021:

Good review!

LeAnnaMae on January 08, 2021:

Agree with you on this one! Nice review!