Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Scarface (1983)

Note: click here to read my September 24 review of Frankie and Johnny, also starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Synopsis: Ambitious, yet self-destructive gangster alienates loved ones, snorts a swimming pool of cocaine and introduces strangers to his “little friend”.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Al Pacino gives an unforgettable performance as Tony Montana, one of the most ruthless gangsters ever depicted on film, in this gripping crime epic inspired by the 1932 classic of the same title.”

What Did I Learn?: A grenade launcher is a handy item to keep in your study.

Really?: Tony doesn’t know where his right-hand man/best friend lives? Manny never had him over for drinks or a barbecue?

Rating: While Scarface is generally considered to be a classic, and it is a good movie, I must say that: a) it’s a bit too long, b) it’s tough to watch Tony’s downward spiral near the end, and c) the film’s political message about the folly of the war on drugs (usually presented through characters ridiculing talking heads on TV screens) is delivered about as subtly as a dumptruck crashing through a plate-glass window. 7.5/10 stars.

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