One line review: This movie does a fantastic job of keeping you gripped to the story of one man’s rise and fall, though it’s length tends to irritate you.
Movie Title: Scarface
Actors: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colon, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin, Ángel Salazar, Arnaldo Santana, Pepe Serna
Director: Brian De Palma
Method of Viewing: DVD
Location of Viewing: Home
Viewing with: No One
Rotten Tomatoes: 88% – Pacino’s bravura performance dominates, making no concessions to our sensibilities. And the final shootout is a tour de force of editing.
My rating: ****
My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This movie is longer than the theatrical cut of 2001: A Space Odyssey, yet this movie managed to keep me intrigued throughout the entire film. It takes quite a bit of film to follow Tony Montana from the bottom to the top and back again, but the film makes you care and feel for each and every character you see on the screen. Even if this film wasn’t famous for the last and fantastic gun fight, it would still prove to be a very good film. The length, despite being necessary, does drag the film down some, but it’s still fantastic.