I remember seeing this for the first time (I believe with Terry Crummitt at Wheaton Plaza) and my take on it then was somewhat similar to what it was now. The first half is better than the second. That Joe Pesci guy is even better in this than he was in Lethal Weapon 2! Ray Liotta is a weird dude. Robert de Niro is the best! Scorsese's song choices are the best! The editing - wow - the editing! Whoa, they really messed up that guy in the trunk. That paranoid being chased by a helicopter scene is long.
But what am I talking about? This movie is pretty damn incredible. It really is the touchstone of modern gangster films. And there definitely would not have been The Sopranos without this film. The dialogue has become part of the cultural lexicon. This is an excellent movie. There is no shame that it can't beat out Taxi Driver and Raging Bull or two of my all time favorite comedies. And to be honest, I haven't seen Mean Streets in years so maybe that doesn't hold up and this one can squeeze into the vaunted top 5.
And for the record, this concluded the gangster trilogy I wanted to introduce Sujan to after watching the first two Godfather films.
Directed by Martin Scorsese