Once Upon a Time in America ★★★★★

What is there to say that hasn't already been said about this masterpiece? Leone overdid himself big time with this 4-hour long epic; it's up there with "Once Upon a Time in the West". The story of 'Noodles'' (De Niro) rise and fall in organized crime is captivating from the very first beautiful frame cinematographer Battaglia shows us. The legend Ennio Morricone proves yet again that he's extremely talented when it comes to scoring movies - the music in this movie is probably the greatest ever put to film. The acting is brilliant. De Niro is fantastic as Noodles, James Woods is incredible as the lunatic Max and we even get to meet a very young Jennifer Connelly, who puts on a memorable performance as Noodles' teenage love interest. The film is shot incredibly well, and it's rare that I notice brilliant editing; which this movie has, it's always captivating during its 4-hour duration.

I still can't comprehend with this movie's greatness. It's unbelievably good. Forget Scorsese or Coppola's timeless gangster-classics - this is the greatest of them all.

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