Manly Movie Review: Goodfellas

Alright, this week I’m gonna be reviewing the second mob flick I feel every man needs to watch: Goodfellas.

This film was directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese and is based off the novel Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi.. It stars Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway, Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito, and Ray Liotta as Henry Hill.

Now, most people I have talked to who have seen this movie has said that they found the first 30 minutes or so to be boring. I don’t see how, I don’t know, perhaps they just lack good taste. Anyway, the first 30 minutes of this movie covers how Henry Hill was taken in by Capo Paulie Cicero in Brooklyn, New York in 1955.

GoodfellasWell, the movie goes on to showcase Henry Hill’s time as an associate with the local Mob. I say associate because he can’t become a Made Man, since he isn’t Italian on his dad’s side (his mom’s side is Sicilian, but it doesn’t matter. No Italian on the father’s side, no getting Made, kapeesh?)

Right off the bat, Paulie makes it clear that any one who messes with drugs is out. That means, no selling, no using, no nothing’. You use, you lose. With that said, Henry goes and starts sniffing the white stuff, along with Jimmy and Tommy. The trio start making good money off of selling it.

Henry becomes paranoid that the Police and FBI and such are after him.

Tommy is gonna become Made.

Goodfellas Joe PesciJimmy can’t, since he also has Irish in him and goes a bit off his rocker (and not ‘cause he can’t get made).

And, well, things start to go to hell in a hand basket in the movie. All of it done top-notch.

Well, I’m ending things here. I gave you a enough of an idea of the movie to get the idea of seeing it into your head, but not enough to make seeing it pointless.

All that said and done, I wrap things up until next week when I review another movie that all men need to see.

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  1. John Russell says:

    Review was top notch. I’ve seen this movie at least 5 time and now I want to see it again. Fred your take on the movie was on the money.

  2. Fred says:

    Well thank you for the kind words John, very happy you enjoyed the review. Be sure to check out the upcoming review that’ll be covering my second favorite Mob movie of all time.

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