This movie probably doesn't need presentation, but I'll present it anyway. It's one of the greatest action movies of the eighties, undoubtedly Al Pacino's greatest performance ever, and the one thing I think of when I think 1983. The year's most iconic event, maybe? A lot of movies come out, but few get as renowned as this one.
Why this one? Probably because of the chainsaw scene in the bath. Probably because of the controversy. Probably because of good acting, too, but more so because it was relevant to its time, and talked about something that society didn't want to acknowledge: a drug problem.
It's a sad tale of misuse, and a grand life that spirals out of control. Tony Montana has it all, but he loses all as well. He loses his love, he loses his friend, and he loses his family. Of course, the bad guy's the bad guy, and drugs are bad - it's the drugs that cause him to lose all he has, but it's not presented in a way that puts it out as propaganda. It's presented with all the prowess and power possible, in grime and glory, with a showdown that shows that not only will the trade go on, but Tony Montana will go out with more than just a bang. His fall will be the most remembered fall in a movie; his life a trial, and tragedy, but also a life lived to the fullest. He didn't give in to nobody, and this movie is a grimy homage to the life he lived, the story of a Cuban refugee who made it big in the land of opportunity, before everything went out of control.
The name's iconic, the title's symbolic, the soundtrack's poppy and melancholy at the same time, the acting top notch for all parties involved. The angles, the scenery, the mansion, it's all portrayed with style and luster, as grand to watch today as it was the previous two times, five; ten years ago. It's an artful, brutal and powerful movie about one man and society. And this time the man wins against society, but not against everything else.
The version from 1932 was about alcohol, this time it's cocaine, and now it's not the same at all. It's elegant, edgy and ahead of its time, with the greatest showdown in a movie ever. If you for some reason haven't seen it however, maybe you'd better disregard this review and watch it with a neutral mind. I wouldn't want to overhype the experience so much you don't get the same impression. A few times over though, and it still feels flawless. Everything about it. It's packed with anger, arrogance, apathy, love: a full spectrum of personality and emotion, and some of the grungiest action sequences ever.
rated 5/5: friggin awesome