25 July 2010
There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way, and the way that I do it.
So basically: A group of Midwest mob bosses have a casino in Los Vegas, only they don't have anyone to run it. They convince professional gambler Sam "Ace" Rothstein to run it, only he doesn't have a licence. That's not a problem-- you're allowed to work in a casino as long as your application is being processed and if you change your title every once in awhile, your application gets sent to the bottom and no one is the wiser. To protect things, they also send over Nicky Santoro, a crazy muscle guy no one wants to mess with. Things seem to be going pretty sweet: Ace is married to a beautiful women, the casino is making lots of money, and the bosses are getting richer. Only, the authorities start wising up and they start to stir things up.
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci. With a line-up like that this seems like it's going to be one mind-blowing movie! At least, I thought so until I started watching it. I was really disappointed in this film. First of all, the narration gets tiring. I understand that there was a lot of information and it would be difficult to get it all in through the film itself, but come on, it was totes overkill! They were saying what was going on as it was going on, just let the camera roll for a bit, will you? Let the audience form their own opinions. I thought it really took away from the flow of the story. It was also really long, and I usually don't have a problem with long movies, so long as I don't realize the time has past. This movie seemed to drag on forever, and in the end, everyone dies. The story wasn't that interesting, either.
Some people might hate me for this, but I don't think this is one of Scorsese's best.
Ziggi seal of disapproval!