Ole Holgersen’s review published on Letterboxd:
| You can always tell the winners at the starting gate. |
Of all epics, Once Upon a Time in America may be the finest. It grows on me with every repeated viewing, because I realize just how great it is edited, with it's story being told in three different periods. Every single time you take part in the mystical journey into the minds of the characters of Noodle's and the rest of the gang, discovering (or re-discovering) new (or forgotten) pieces of the big puzzle, that is their tragic tale of a broken friendship and lust for power.
The music is probably one of the finest scores in the history of cinema, the acting from the whole cast is stunning, the cinematography just as good as you would expect from a Leone-film, and the incredibly detailed work of the sets, costumes and make-up all makes for a GREAT film. Actually, every aspect of the film is fantastic, making it one of the best films of all time. Personally, I don't think there will ever be made a better gangster epic again. I just can't see someone ever top the brilliance of Sergio Leone, one of my all time favourite directors.