Back in 1995 I think that I was too young to fully appreciate this. It was Goodfellas all the way for me, just leaner and more gritty. But I've definitely, reluctantly, grown to see the genius at work here. I think I'll always prefer Last Temptation of Christ, that's just a personal fave, but this is some perfectionist work from all involved.Only seen Casino the once and found it horribly disappointing, this was many many years ago, I’ll try and pick it up in the classifieds and give it a second chance.
Heh, interesting, because I found it the reverse when it comes to characters you don't care about. When I was younger it was the "as far back as I could remember, I always wanted to be a gangster" crew all the way, but those guys really weren't very well fleshed out. Casino spends time with Ace, his professionalism, his job highs and low, his marriage highs and lows, his family, his tricky relationship with Nicky, and how that gets out of hand, and even his wife being persuaded into marriage and family life and the underlying, somewhat sympathetic, weakness for her one-time pimp. It's messy but much better detailed than in GF, where I don't really know who De Niro and Pesci are, other than tough, cool gangster best buds, and where Liotta's increasingly drug-addled newbie lead hardly has a revolutionary character arc.I always wanted to love Casino but never could. I was obsessed with Goodfellas at the time and so when I saw Casino at the Cinema it came across as a disappointment. You don’t care for the characters in the same way you cared for them in Goodfellas. Once in a while I always watch Casino to see if my feelings have changed but they never do, maybe it will grow on me with time.
Yes it helps this has a tremendous 4K set to secure its place, because I was so put off by the reports of Goodfellas 4K disc that I've avoided it like the plague. The film defo needs a revisit though, haven't seen it in years, and it may well win me back too.Well I have always very slightly preferred Goodfellas to Casino but I am open to having my mind changed when I get this disc!
Scorsese's very best has always been a battle between Goodfellas and Taxi Driver for me.
Cas ignore the comments about Goodfellas 4K and get it - its no reference disc but its certainly better than the blu-ray. Its quite dark admittedly but its an improvement.Yes it helps this has a tremendous 4K set to secure its place, because I was so put off by the reports of Goodfellas 4K disc that I've avoided it like the plague. The film defo needs a revisit though, haven't seen it in years, and it may well win me back too.
And yes, love Taxi Driver (and Raging Bull) too, but my personal fave will always be Last Temptation.
Got modest hopes for Irishman, but already frustrated I won't get to see it on the big screen.