Thursday, August 07, 2008

Casino

Scorsese does Camelot as black comedy. Contemplative deNiro as Arthur loses control of Lancelot (Pesci) and Guinevere (Stone) with very messy results. Movie wanders astray after the second hour by going over the betrayal a couple too many times, which is too bad because it was a fun ride up to that point. Direction is flashy and frequently distracting but mostly to the good. The music was uninspired and even dogmatic: Stardust the casino, Stardust the song, I get it! All in all it's fine entertainment but over-rated, perhaps basking in the glow of Goodfellas. It's no Goodfellas.

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