City of God

City of God ★★★★½

"I smoke, I snort. I've killed and robbed. I'm a man."

My expectations for this movie were completely shattered. In my mind, it was a melodramatic look at children in war. Instead, it was kinda like Goodfellas meets gang warfare in Brazil. In fact, I think this movie surpasses Goodfellas in almost every way.

The balance in tone here is impressive, although not perfect. It's hard to go from the "Do you want to get shot in the hand or the foot?" scene to cinematography shot like Goodfellas.

By far the best attribute of this film is the characters and acting. I never once was bored, and I never once questioned the actors. Impressive.

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