GoodFellas ★★★★½

With the backlash Scorsese received surrounding The Wolf Of Wall Street and its glamorizing of bad behavior, I wonder now, how Goodfellas would've been received in this "climate". These are bad people doing bad things. It seems obvious to me that we aren't supposed to idolize them, but, this whole discussion of depiction versus elevation (or however it's framed) makes me wonder if people don't want films like this anymore. Goodfellas rides high on the wave of eighties films, gnarled and blaring. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) is our narrator, and from his perspective, everything they did was warranted, so of course Scorsese honor's that point of view with his cool as fuck editing and song choices. Until Quentin Tarantino made a name for himself, Scorsese was the king of making bad dudes look p damn cool. There's a lot about Casino that I prefer over Goodfellas, chiefly the abundance of Robert Deniro and his god damn suits!, but Goodfellas is one of the most archetypal films of this decade.

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.

Hill's ascent and descent are equally mesmerizing.

(All that being said, I can't believe when Liotta is first introduced he's playing a twenty year old kid lol)