City of God

City of God ★★★★½

This Brazilian gangster epic is the mix of the stylized look at gangster life from Goodfellas with the brutish reality of The Battle of Algiers and I loved every second of it. The editing, the characters (especially Li'l Z and Benny), the suspense, the storytelling were all excellent. My first venture into Brazilian cinema and I'm super excited to see more. If you have any recommendations for other films from the country, please post them in the comments. This is a film that is really hard to pinpoint why it is so good and I can tell that it will get so much better on rewatch. A cinematic spectacle that is energetic, fun, and breathtaking!

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