noun. (Informal) a member of a group of violent criminals; a gangster.
synonyms: gangster, hoodlum, criminal, crook, gang member (via Google)
“Genres come and go, but gangster movies never go away.” (via Games Radar) There was quite a handful of mobster films over the past years, but which one stands out and is the most legitimate of them all? Read on for more details.
Twenty-five years after its release, Martin Scorsese’s (“The Departed”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”) “Goodfellas” remains to be a masterpiece unrivaled in its understanding of the disturbing facts and dim charm of a life revolving around organized crime.
The film makes viewers understand why people would want to be mobsters but what’s more important is, it also makes them comprehend why they don’t want to be gangsters–simply because they are ruthless and ferocious criminals.
According to The Atlantic, Scorsese was drawn to the real-life story of mobster-turned-informant Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta) and the memoir by Nicholas Pileggi, as he believed it seized the being of gangsters better than any filmed interpretation.
Films like “The Godfather”, as well as the duplicates it spawned, immersed viewers in how the Mafia operates and how they were “bound in codes of samurai-like honor.” Then came “Goodfellas”, where the plot revolved around a wise guy who dealt drugs, hijacked trucks, and helped dispose of dead bodies produced from the same circle of people he hung out with.
“There was no sense of honor outside of asking permission to kill certain people.” and yet viewers still feel the allure of the world these characters live in. This is one of the main reasons why it is still thrilling to watch, long after its release. Its simple yet earnest appeal refuses to fade over the years.
If you haven’t seen the film, you better do it now. After all, it tells us one of the most important lessons we must remember, “Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.”
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