After making incredible movies for over two decades, Martin Scorsese started off the new decade by making what is regarded by many as his magnum opus. Goodfellas is the convergence of his mobster and crime films with his partnership with Robert De Niro.
The movie follows Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he grows up in a life surrounded by crime, violence and sin. It is eminently watchable as you witness the span of Hill’s life as he grows up from an impressionable young boy to a leader in the crime syndicate.
Goodfellas has so many great sequences, many of which include Joe Pesci or De Niro. Their ability to work inside of Scorsese’s style of filmmaking is part of what makes this movie so great and so lasting.
But the best thing about the movie, of course, is its message. Scorsese tends to portray his characters doing detestable things as a way of showing that these things are detestable. He takes it an extra step in Netflix’s The Irishman, but it’s still effective here. He doesn’t want the viewer to relish in the evil being done, but rather he wants them to understand how obviously evil these things are.
This movie is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time at the height of his powers making an all-time great movie. That alone should be reason enough to watch it.