Most thrillers use interchangeable characters, and most gangster movies are more interested in action than personality, but scarface is one of those special movies, like the godfather, that is willing to take a flawed, evil man and allow him to be human.
From its first moments, 'scarface' is al pacino's movie the opening shots of tony montana reveal that weíre in the presence of a truly mephistophelean character, and one of modern cinema's great. Movie review the remake of scarface is a sprawling crime saga that follows the betrayal and loss that a single man endures it is a coked-up version of the godfather and the godfather part ii without a family to feel sympathy for. And as with so much of hip-hop, this taste for scarface entered the mainstream these days, teens of all races quote tony's lines at you and play the scarface video game for them, it's a classic as for me, watching scarface again the other night, i still found it comically over the top but with the benefit of hindsight, i also saw that such an aesthetic judgment is only part of the story.
'scarface' was received with almost universal disdain, as critics dismissed it as heartless satire, over-the-top grand guignol or just plain obscene needless to say, with de palma's name on it and reviews like that it soon gained cult credibility, but the depressing adoption of the film as a ghetto classic by hip-hop stars and gangsta rappers shows how badly a film can be misunderstood. Critic reviews for scarface all critics (67) | top critics (9) | fresh (55) | rotten (12) | dvd (18) stone sticks all too closely to the dated plot structure of the original movie, and such melodramatic flourishes as montana's incestuous attraction for his sister now seem completely ludicrous.
Scarface was added to the national film registry in 1994 by the library of congress in 2008, the american film institute listed scarface as the sixth best film in the gangster film genre in its ten top ten out of 27 reviews, the film holds a 100% fresh rating on the review website rotten tomatoes. Scarface is a 1983 american crime film directed by brian de palma and written by oliver stone, a remake of the 1932 film of the same name the film tells the story of cuban refugee tony montana ( al pacino ) who arrives in 1980s miami with nothing and rises to become a powerful drug kingpin. Riveting, compelling, and pure story-driven galore, the original scarface is worlds better than the remake and is definitely the movie of choice the original scarface is what the masterpiece is: it's coupled with an even more absorbing narrative with a pacing quick enough to remain fresh even nowadays.
In may 1980, a cuban man named tony montana claims asylum, in florida, usa, and is in search of the american dream after departing cuba in the mariel boatlift of 1980. Its about a man who lives, can't afford his cocaine addiction, unrealizes his dream of crime and ends up a dishwasher so he can loose enough money to make himself an american that came from cuba permalink.
A potpourri of vestiges review: pacino gives a heart-wrenching performance as the modern-day macbeth 6 february 2011 | by murtaza ali – see all my reviews brian de palma's scarface depicts cinema at its most macabre, and not for a second does stone's cut-throat screenplay go awry in its unforgiving attempt to limn the naked reality associated with drug mafia and the kingpins who govern it.