Film Tuesday: Goodfellas

This past weekend we watched Goodfellas. Goodfellas is a film from 1990, which is based on a real life story. 

Before this weekend, I had seen Goodfellas once before a few years ago. I decided that the film this weekend would be Goodfellas as I wanted a crime to watch as I am excited about Legend coming out (which I still need to see).

Goodfellas is about a guy, Henry Hill, who as a teenager gets involved with the Lucchese crime family, one of the mafia families in New York in 1955. An early line in the film is from Hill, who claims he always wanted to be a gangster.

The film is about Hill being apart of the Lucchese crime family and the life of a gangster in organised crime. The film starts off with him as a young boy, then details his journey, all his troubles, some of his criminal activity, his time in jail and how his association with them ends.

I won’t give too much away, incase you haven’t seen it and want to. There are funny moments, particularly with the interactions between the “family” members socialising, including one in the scene where Hill calls another member, played by Joe Pesci, “funny” and he keeps asking him why he is funny and pretending to be upset, making Hill feel awkward, before they all burst out laughing. Okay, I admit I didn’t make that sound funny, but if you watch it, you will see what I mean.

This film is regarded as one of the best movies of all time, and I would definitely agree with that. It is interesting to see gangster rules and how the hierarchy works. I also find it interesting to see their limits, what they do and don’t want to get involved in. Oh and of course double-crossing.

We will be back next week, with another film.

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