Art Imitates Life

“As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.”
— Henry Hill

GoodFellas is one of the great mafia films of all time. While nothing was over-dramatized, the drama was incredible. One of the most beautiful aspects of the cinematography is the accuracy with which the intricate details of life in Italian-American families and life in the mafia are portrayed.

We follow the life of Henry Hill as he climbs through the ranks of the mafia. Along the way we are introduced to characters like James Conway and Tommy DeVito, played by Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. It maybe hard to believe for people who have lived cloistered lives, but such people do exist in real life as well.

The criminal activity and drama are thoroughly engrossing throughout the film. The ending fittingly shows us that eventually we must put away childish things and own up to our actions; living responsibly and within the perimeter of the law. A chance at redemption is something everyone deserves.