Dolev Amitai’s review published on Letterboxd:
Sergio Leone was offered the directing chair for The Godfather.
He declined, instead choosing to make this epic film.
Because he did not direct The Godfahter, Coppola did.
Coppola then made The Conersation, Godfather 2 and Apocalypse Now, which are all masterpieces. He later made more good films.
Because of his oscar winning performance in Godfather 2, Scorsese was able to make Taxi Driver with De-Niro.
So in a very twisted way, becuse Leone refused to direct the Godfather, we got this masterpiece, Coppola's entire career, and Scorsese's Taxi Driver.
Why am I writing this in my review?
Simply because Once Upon a Time in America needs no review.
It is perfect.
The Godfather part 1 & 2, Once Upon a Time in America and Goodfellas are simply the best gangster films ever made.
Together they make the holy trinity of gangster/mafia films.
No need to review this 3 1/2 hour epic film.
The youth part was my favorite though.
Like Stand By Me mixed with The Godfather. Yeah, its that epic.
Imagine a Leone western set in jewish gangsters New-York during prohibition.
My only problem with the film, was that the ending was kind of not on the same level as the rest of the movie. I really don't think its because I was fatigue, but rather because the ending was really not on the same leve as the rest of the film.
Still, this film is -
Just watch the movie.