Release Date: December 9, 1983
Starring: Al Pacino,
Rinzy’s Rating: 4.8/5
I’ve had the chance to watch this classic for a while now, but I didn’t, because I’m not a fan of nostalgic movies. Now, I wonder why I didn’t do so earlier; I do not regret the 2h50m I invested in it. Movie lead, Al Pacino, has had a very impressive career spanning over five decades, watching ‘Scarface’, which isn’t his best movie, further enlightened me on why his name has been synonymous with awesomeness.
‘Scarface’ tells the story of a young, ambitious Cuban man, Tony Montana, who’s given a green card to remain I the US (Miami) in exchange for assasinatin a former Cuban government official at the request of Frank Lopez, a druglord. Don’t worry, that’s not the main plot of the movie. In the US, Tony hustles hard and smart and rises up the ladder in the cocaine business, killing anyone who stands in his way, and also making questioning decisions that lead to his inevitable downfall.
This movie is beautiful in many ways, most of all is the brilliant performance of Al Pacino. He gave Tony Montana somuch life that you tend to forget he’s the villain and beging to root for him to win. Tony portrays the various emotions befitting of the drama/ thriller nature of the movie; take for example his reaction during the scene where he visits his mother and sister for the first time in five years; his calm demeanor when his mama kicked him out of the house, or is it his harsh reaction when his right hand man and friend, Manny, takes and interest in his sister, these and many more further solidify Al as a solid choice for the role. This is a problem for whoever might get the opportunity to play the role in a future remake.
The major thing I’ll say that led to Tony’s downfall was his ambitiousness; yes, he was too ambitious, which on its own isn’t a bad thing, but add it to greed, lack of respect, and many more, and you’ll see why. Frank raised Tony from nothing; Tony on the other hand first insulted Frank the moment he started to lust after his woman, Elvira. The strain in their relationship worsened after Tony struck a selfish deal with druglord, Alejandro.
As Tony got wealthier, paranoia set in. That paints a picture of true life scenario that nothing’s ever enough. The greater he became, the nastier he got to everyone around him – Elvario, who he married after he killed Frank for betraying him; even to Manny; he didn’t trust even his shadow, which makes you question if it was all worth it. This kind of life he lived till the police got interested in him, and the rest they say is history.
I recommend this movie to be re-watched today, because it has got it all – action, adventure, skin, lesson(s) – it’s a master piece.