Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America ★★★★½

Grand. Majestic. Epic.

These are all words I could use to describe Sergio Leone's final film, it's something that I feel every cinephile should witness at least once in their lifetime. The cinematography and the score elevate this film effortlessly, possibly my favourite score by Ennio Morricone.

I will admit that I preferred the first two acts over third, and the film can sometimes be a difficult watch due to the runtime (depending on your attention span) and the sexual violence that makes an appearance from time to time.

However, the film as a whole is fantastic nonetheless. De Niro was amazing, and I loved the details of his posture and movement evolving throughout the years too. I'm glad to have finally made the effort to see this, and understand why it's such a classic piece of American cinema.