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One of Scorsese's best and shamefully under appreciated films. DeNiro give another unsettling and electrifying performance as Rupert Pupkin, an odd man who takes to kidnapping his late night comedy idol after he is shot down at getting a chance to show his talents. The film is maddening, audacious, and full of fine performances. A must see!!
Sure it draws many eerily similarities between itself and Goodfellas, but who cares! It's Scorsese doing what he does best! Casino is another tale of true crime adapted from a literary works by Nicolas Pileggi (also the man who wrote Goodfellas and helped adapt its film transition), except this time the tale is less focused on one singular fall and instead broadened into the fall of titans who almost had greatness within their reaches. Just as Pesci says at the beginning, "we fucked it all up, it should have been great...".
What makes me love Casino is its powerful cast that showcases the good from nearly everybody, especially Stone who plays DeNiro's hustler wife who in the end loses sight of her own life.Though it does stretch it's run time, Casino is brilliantly acted, well constructed, and gorgeously rendered. The film is a brutal look at the mob's control over Vegas during the mid seventies so expect the same flashes and tuned up style that came from Goodfellas with all the violence and musical choices kicked up a notch.