I’m beginning to notice some similarities with the Top 100 imdb movie list. As a result, I’ve come to suspect that imdb’s most avid reviewers are just a bunch of 14-year-old boys.
The Top 100 films I’ve watched so far indicate a preference for the following:
- True stories (as long as they’re violent)
Essentially, Goodfellas is just a gangsta version of ‘The Wonder Years’. Only, instead of angsting over unrequited love and Dad’s latest goof, our hero, Henry Hill, is digging himself ever-deeper into the underworld of crime.
Since the Simpsons is pretty much my go-to reference point for all things pop culture, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Simpsons character ‘Fat Tony’ and his cronies. Interestingly (at least according to Wikipedia), the character of Fat Tony was modelled after the actor Paul Sorvino, who plays the mob boss in Goodfellas, HOWEVER, the first Simpsons episode to feature Fat Tony (which involves a very similar plot to Goodfellas) was devised before Goodfellas was released!
Finally, irrefutable evidence that TV can be up there with the best of the Hollywood films when it comes to quality writing!
Then again, when I say “the best of Hollywood films”, I’m really just going along with the crowd – I’m jumping off that bridge just ’cause the 14-year-olds thought it would be a good idea.
Sure, the film has plenty of drama, and if you have serious bloodlust then you won’t be disappointed. Unfortunately for me, my bloodlust is more ‘G’ rated. I can handle Joe Pesci wielding a carving knife… I’d just kinda prefer to see him get owned by a paint can to the face, à la Home Alone.
Movies like ‘Goodfellas’ become popular because they have a cult following, and even Suri Cruise knows that’s no way to make it in Hollywood.
7 (somewhat reluctant) pumpkins.
Have you seen ‘Goodfellas’? Do you agree with my review? Let me know in the comments below.