Originally Posted by TommyDeVito
Mind blowing. Disagree about Bobby. Some of his finest work of his career. He is playing a tight, tight lipped, less emotion character. Second half of the film, Bobby will show you why it’s one of his best of his career. Pesci, off the charts. Best film of his career. Golden statue turf easily. One of the best performances I have ever seen from any actor in any role in any film. There is so much acting without words in this, just looks, that cannot be replicated by another ensemble cast or director. When actors are speaking without words, using nothing but facial expression, and having conversations this way, or with just a few words, and conveying paragraphs without doing it, rarely seen. Once in a decade type stuff.
And Martin just delivered his best work of his career. 210 minutes of mastery. He is the only one alive who could pull this off. The music choices, the cinematography, the lines, the actors he chose, all of it, every minute detail of every frame. They will be talking about this film in 50 years. Shoe in for the whole shebang at the golden statue awards. he just took a big dump on the entire industry, it’s that good. Every actor, every scene, every shot, the subtle digs at sjw, and his comments towards the comic book films, now I see why. This is cinema and story telling the way it’s done, the precedent. Good luck to his fellow directors, best of effin luck. You’re gonna sack lunches for 50 years. When he and a few other directors are done, it’ll be the old way, and you will miss it because it will gone with the wind. Like much of Kubrick’s work, this film will take some time for many to get the full jest of what he just pulled off covering this much ground in a single film. Kubrick and Scorsese are now stamped in solid steel as the best two directors I have ever watched. Take Goodfellas, and Casino, combine them, then make it better than both even if you put them together. The rare perfect film. Pacino, to me, got outclassed by Bobby, and Joe Pesci bested all of them combined. Will watch this 2-3 times over the next week. Bo Dietl was absolute magnificent and the funniest part of the film. 10/10. The rare perfect film.
Will have to see the Safdie brothers new film next month to see if it can even hold a candle to this. For best picture of the year, the only possible chance of rivaling this and I’m gonna go ahead and say no way even with Good Time, their last film, being the best film I have seen in the last 10 years. I’m most worried of this type of cinema, going away, and going away for good.
I completely disagree about 'Pacino, to me, got outclassed by Bobby' and so do most reviews. Pacino is in a class of his own and shows far greater range and nuance and brings so many layers to Hoffa. De Niro plays the same character he's always played and its a walk in the park for him.
Agreed with the rest. I think Scorcese said some not so nice things about the modern comic book movies from MCU and he is absolutely right - those films have no craft and they are like fast food compared to a proper fine dining meal.
Just look at the fact that no major studio was willing to pick this up and without Netflix this movie would never have been made and if it was would've been heavily modified and edited - and thats with such a world class director and cast.
Films like this will never be made again. There's only a handful of directors who'll even get money to make a movie that isn't a remake/reboot/sequel or based on a comic book/fantasy franchise - among them are Nolan, Scorcese etc and even then it took Scorcese years to make this.
I wish this was playing in all major chains - but then again no one would go see it and already social media/blogs are complaining about how long and boring and slow it is. There is no hope.