Released 1995 (USA)
American & French, in English (some very minor non-translated French & Persian)
Director - Martin Scorsese
Stars - Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, and many others
A difference of opinion on tactics, and a woman, come between two old mafia friends in 1980s Las Vegas. De Niro plays casino boss Sam “Ace” Rothstein; Pesci plays enforcer & street boss Nicky Santoro; and Stone plays the woman, Ginger McKenna.
Extreme, graphic violence; lots of blue language, including racial and homophobic slurs; very brief female nudity (breast and butt); and implied sexy times.
In general, I’m not a big fan of using voiceover. I don’t mind it in small doses, especially if it’s only at the beginning of a film (and it made sense at the beginning here to set up the story). A whole film of it, however, is just too much. To me it feels like lazy writing. I shouldn’t need constant voiceover exposition to explain what’s happening. The characters’ actions, words, and facial expressions should convey all of that.
The costuming and styling were fantastic. I spent the whole film admiring them.
Scorsese is so hit and miss for me. He directed one of my favorite movies of all time, “The Departed.” He also directed a movie I loathe so much that it still makes me angry that I ever watched it, “Gangs of New York.” His movies are pretty much always too long, so they can be a chore to get through even when you like them. I think he’s better at hitting his mark when he develops his characters in a way that’s relatable to the audience. That’s why “The Departed” is so eminently watchable.
I give the movie 2.75 stars.