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My wife watched this with me. After she said she didn’t like judo. I said it wasn’t really about judo, it’s about getting back up again after you get thrown down. She said it’s also about money and how it flies out of your hands when you run. And I said it’s also about how sometimes you need someone to pick up your shoes for you.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
That moment when DeNiro realizes he has to go after Waingro. He's not a romantic hero, he's a small-minded man of violence driven not by ideals or esoteric codes but by the basest of human urges.
That moment when Pacino practically dances down the hospital stairs, gleefully fleeing his family for the sake of the chase, freed from the pretense of normalcy, from the obligation to care about anyone else.
The tragedy and joy of learning that you cannot escape…