“I’m funny how, funny like a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh…?” Steer clear of Joe Pesce’s psycho danger zone.
Then enter the world of fabulous organised crime with a true-ish life account of seductive mobsters, as told from insider, Henry Hill (Ray Liotta). He grows up idolising the ‘wise guys’ in his impoverished Brooklyn neighbourhood.
Its extremes of language, violence and incredible turns by Liotta, DeNiro and Joe Pesci, makes it not only one of Scorsese’s greats, but one of the best gangster films ever made.
“Scorsese succeeds in smashing all the foolishly romantic myths about the mob with this shocking, vigorously honest portrait of a slick yuppie gangster who couldn't stand being ‘an average nobody’.” (NY Daily News)
“Definitive, sky-high Scorsese, the one which all his later films have been reaching, Goodfellas is, put bluntly, the best movie of the director's career.” (Times). As Pacino should have gone quietly after Godfather II, so this might infer Liotta and Pesci go get a paper round too? This is collectively, their meanest, dirtiest, most terrifying, finest hour. So, start in the morning, lock up your bike for a quick getaway, but don’t be late…