It didn’t win a Best Picture Oscar (damn you, Dances with Wolves) nor did it become a blockbuster, yet there’s no denying that Goodfellas has become a modern classic. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic returns to Film Forum in a sizzlingly colorful new restoration. For all its status as a masterpiece, the movie may, in fact, be underrated: It’s snuck up over the years and now feels like Scorsese’s best (in a deep career that also includes Raging Bull and Taxi Driver), as well as his most culture-changing effort. Here’s why.
Goodfellas opens Fri 19 at Film Forum.