"Goodfellas" (1990)

Rating: R:18
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Written By: Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese
Released: September 19th, 1990
Runtime: 146 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.

A young man grows up in the mob and works very hard to advance himself through the ranks. He enjoys his life of money and luxury but is oblivious to the horror that he causes. A drug addiction and a few mistakes ultimately unravel his climb to the top. Based on the book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi.

This is such a well-paced engaging story with memorable characters played by a phenomenal cast. Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci stand out most notably.

Amidst the violence, humour can also be found in the oddest of places and keeps recurring right the way through. The script is sharp and always on point, depicting the life of a mob with such thrilling energy it’s utterly entertaining.

Goodfellas is at its simplest, a fantastic movie. It was brought up during a conversation with my friends during my first year of college and when I admitted to never having seen it, I was ordered to do so immediately. “You haven’t seen Goodfellas?” was the shocked response. After viewing it, I immediately saw what all the fuss was about.

What more can be said that I’m sure isn’t said already? An absolute must-see for sure.