Martin Scorsese takes us to the golden age of Las Vegas when the mob ruled it all. Before the corporations and regulations, when everybody got a piece and eventually got whacked. Whether its based on truth or distracted by glorification, Casino tells the tale of two high ranking and hard hitting mobsters taking Sin City for themselves. Perhaps one of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci’s finest outings, the two leads effortlessly portray the lives of best friends turned worst enemies in a lengthy and violent affair. This movie even features one of Scorsese’s infamous Pesci rib breakings!
The first half details the inner workings of the Tangiers Casino, how the mafia took its cut and how our anti-heroes ran the operation. The story is interesting, cool, classy and intriguing as the characters navigate the obstacles that the real world presents. The second half is sadly a little too much of a soap opera with the strange love triangle between the main characters Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone) and Sam Rothstien (Robert De Niro). This movie comes close to being in the same league as GoodFellas but ultimately runs about an hour too long. Still, it serves as an unforgettable entry in the genre!
The Podfather Score: 7.375/10