Friday, 13 May 2011

Scarface - REVIEW

Film of the Day #78/ 300

Scarface is classified by many as the epitome of gangster films; a film about greed, corruption, power, opulence and drugs. The definitive modern gangster movie, Scarface has become a pop culture landmark and has inspired many to look at Montana as a role model for rebellion and success.  However, Scarface is cinematically way behind the style and beauty of The Godfather. This is the rise and the fall of an American gangster- people should realise that Montana is no hero. If you look closer, Scarface is praised for all of the wrong reasons.  The theme continually referred to in Brain De Palmas 1983 movie is escapism. Each character has something to escape and each character thinks they are getting the chance of a better life, when in true dramatic irony, they are actually getting worse. This is the quintessential 1980’s tale of how some misunderstand the American Dream... to obsession. Tragedy would be a better word to describe this movie.  Al Pacino’s dynamic and memorable performance as larger-than-life Tony Montana, is by far his most powerful cinematic role.  He shows violent anger we didn’t see as Michael Corleone. However, Scarface is not a gangster movie filled with mindless violence to shock or entertain its audience. The devastation of each action scene is carefully plotted throughout the movie, and serves to deliver the message of the film. All those who praise the film for its drug usage and its violence totally missed the point. De Palma never glorifies Montana and his lifestyle, if anything he condemns it to a watery grave. I absolutely love Scarface, the soundtrack, the cinematography, the dialogue and the cheesiness. However, ignore the mindless violence supporters and indulge yourself in an emotional viewing of a great film. Then ask yourself one question, where’d you get the beauty scar, tough guy?