This was an incredible movie with some of the best character development of any film I've ever seen. Scorcese doesn't fear silence or the pregnant pause. He doesn't mind letting a conversation flush itself out like in real life, even if that means you have to watch a 3 1/2 hour movie.
Anyone telling you this wasn't a good film.....well, let's just say I seriously question their capacity to know the difference. I've learned not to overestimate people's ability to understand what they're watching.
Pacino was perfectly cast for a role that begs for his mannerisms and style. The man knows how to get more out of a script by reciting the lines with inflections and cadence that most don't read on the page. He played it perfectly.
DeNiro was DeNiro, economic with his words and convincing with his expressions and eyes. Keitel was effective and understated, and Anna Paquin played the pain and anguish without barely saying a word. All tremendous performances.
But the movie was stolen by Joe Pesci, who reminded us just how incredible of an actor he is. He played a vicious psychopath into a likable and almost sympathetic character at times. Just brilliant.
Obviously, this movie meant everything to Scorcese, who's been planning it for years. The conclusive events seemed plausible, and probably closer to the truth than otherwise. The ending was fitting and palpable.
It's great to see these great actors be great again.
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