_MasterSlayer_’s review published on Letterboxd:
Wow. This was one hell of an experience. This was somehow my first time viewing Goodfellas, a film that is hailed as one of the all-time greats, and has been included on countless Top 100 lists, etc. Although I don't think this is a perfect movie, I LOVED Goodfellas.
From start to finish, Martin Scorsese directs the hell out of this movie, bringing these characters to life and casting the perfect actors for their roles. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta are the trio of leads here, and they all do a phenomenal job, each standing out in one way or another. These are by far three of the best performances I've ever seen on screen, and the play their arcs to perfection. Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, and Frank Sivero should also be mentioned because they are very good here. Back to Scorsese's direction here; this is one of the best directed movies I've ever witnessed. The shots here are so well executed and the editing is done to perfection. The dialogue flows so smoothly and the story is so interesting. We follow these characters as we witness their rise and fall in the mob industry, and Scorsese manages to never leave the audience bored, with scene after scene of energy, intensity, and occasional thrills. I also loved the characterization here and how certain characters had certain distinct qualities to them; it made the experience a lot more realistic and interesting. The rise and fall is done to perfection. The ending was perfect. Basically everything about this movie works.
There were a few things that probably aren't even worth mentioning, but I'll say them anyways. The movie had some scenes that weren't really necessary towards the middle of the movie, and certain directions the story took didn't really work for me. However, these are all problems that I can see going away on multiple viewings.
Overall, Goodfellas is one of, if not my favorite Scorsese movie. It's perfectly acted, directed, scored, written, and the story is one of the best real-life stories ever told on screen. I feel ashamed that I'm just seeing this for the first time now, but it is what it is. This has already entered my top thirty of all time, which rarely happens for me after one viewing of a film.
One things for sure, this is one gem of a movie.