Jesus, five stars for that smile at the end alone! Florence Pugh, burn that sucker down, girl!
Academy Award winner Anna Paquin utters seven words in this film and they don't come until the 2 hour and 50 minute mark. Seriously, that's it.
There's a spectacular, five-star worthy movie here that's simply buried in overlong, sometimes unnecessary scenes. Scorsese is capable of making masterpieces that exceed the 3 hour mark, Wolf of Wall Street being an excellent example, so maybe this subject matter just didn't hold my attention that well? But after about the fifth scene of De Niro and Pesci stammering and talking in circles around each other not moving the conversation forward, I started yelling "edit this!" to my TV.
"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
This film has arguably one of the most iconic endings in cinema history, and it's an ending that almost didn't even make it to screen! Robert Towne, the film's writer, originally wrote a completely different, and significantly happier, ending, but the director, Roman Polanski, felt it didn't capture the themes of the film, so he changed it and wrote the iconic one we know today.
A classic film noir that should be viewed for Jack Nicholson's performance alone.