SISKEL AND EBERT REVIEW CASINO 1995, DENIRO, PESCI, RICKLES, PACINO

SISKEL AND EBERT REVIEW CASINO 1995, DENIRO, PESCI, RICKLES, PACINO


and Joe Pesci and Martin Scorsese’s casino assassin Christopher Walken blackmails Johnny Depp in nick of time and transit cops Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson take a wild ride on the Money Train [Music] twelve-year-old sevens across three $15,000 jackpots do you have any idea what the odds are shoot it’s got to be in the millions maybe more three jackpots in twenty minutes why didn’t you pull the machines why didn’t you call what happened so quick three guys one I didn’t have a chance to call you why would the hero plays a man who helps run Las Vegas for the Mafia in Martin Scorsese’s casino one of five new movies we’ll be reviewing this week on Siskel and Ebert also on this show their movie starring Al Pacino Johnny Depp and Wesley Snipes I’m Roger Ebert of the Chicago sun-times and I’m Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune our first film is Casino Martin Scorsese’s latest mobsters story about the Mafia’s last days of running a major casino in Vegas it’s set in the 70s and 80s and the film looks great is memorably acted and yet it breaks no new ground for Scorsese or his actors and therefore for all of the pyrotechnics Casino is a bit of a letdown and its best in most original Casino is sort of a docudrama on the operation of a casino as in this sequence narrated by the film’s casino boss ace Rothstein played by Robert De Niro the box men are watching the dealer’s the floor men are watching the box man but the pit bosses are watching the floor men the shift bosses are watching the pit bosses the casino manager is watching the shift bosses I’m watching the casino manager and the eye guy watching soil now here’s the well acted but not very fresh part of the story as the Niro’s character has to deal with is always in trouble boyhood friend an ultra violent mob enforcer named Nicky Santoro played by Joe Pesci what’s a 50000 Monica note can give them a 10 that’s it 10 I’ll be right down but and come up with 2,000 just the one the weakest storyline in casino is the love story involving De Niro and a femme fatale a con artist and hooker played by Sharon Stone what’s about it do you mean what’s the matter made a lot of money for you I want my cut money look at the stack of chips [Music] [Music] every tough character has a weakness in casino stone is DeNiro’s weakness and she in turn has a soft spot for her pimp a low-life hustler played by James Wood if you ever come back again ever to take a monitor next time bring a pistol and well you got a chance I love looking at this you know each shot is beautifully composed and then quasi documentary scenes are sometimes thrilling but the characters are familiar based on the book by Goodfellas screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi and as I watched this movie repeatedly I felt that director Martin Scorsese America’s best they have come to the end of this mob milieu he’s told this story in different times and places in much more exciting ways one note I wish that I could show you some of the many violence scenes in casino but the distributor isn’t releasing any of the brutal beatings they’re trying to sell this as a love story but it’s a love story casino doesn’t work so a mixed review but ultimately thumbs down for me thumbs down yep I’m astonish why I think this was fresh I at the very least gene it’s thumbs up and I think it’s a lot better than that and I’ll just point out one thing you didn’t like the relationship between De Niro and Sharon Stone to me that was fascinating this is a breakthrough for Scorsese who throughout his career has always had the same kind of male-female relationship involving the guy who loves the woman up to a point and then decides that she’s no good or not good enough for him in this film here’s a guy who tries to be reasonable who feels that he can buy and control and figure out the odds on everything and he gets a woman who won’t be controlled like that who is a wild card and that is why not only his life comes to pieces but because of this relationship with this woman the mob loses out in Vegas entirely it’s a fascinating story about how just the lust and love between these two people eventually led to the mob leaving Vegas altogether I think that you read the picture the wrong way I think that exactly what happens is in a shot of a big lion and I’ll leave it like that you understand the dynamic that really pushed the mob out of Vegas it was corporations not one man oh you’re talking about the fact that the junk bonds took over from the Teamsters fund as a source of financing that in itself is a in 18 other aspect of this movie one of the things about the movie I like is the amount of information it has how the casinos operate how they security how they took care of that guy at the blackjack table by giving him a phony heart attack so they could get him into the backroom and the doctor the docudrama stuff is all of the personal stories you never felt that you had seen this stuff to fly from the personal stuff Pesce you hadn’t seen that stuff when i had never seen it in this way and nevertheless even if i had i saw before in Goodfellas that was a great movie your choice of the best movie of the year right to actually tell people you don’t think they should see Martin Scorsese’s Casino it was shocking to me it is I can think of 200 movies this year that I would tell them not to see before I forget this is a very watchable movie certain sections have better watchable I’m really grading this as a piece of work by Scorsese and this is not as best well as by somebody else how would you grade it would it be thumbs up if it was from some other director I don’t think so Roger I think I would have said that this is a uneven piece ok next movie in our next film is two bits a contrived and unconvincing depression-era story about a young boy who desperately wants to attend the opening of the new movie theater in his neighborhood and spends all day trying to earn a quarter in order to buy a ticket the boy is played by hollando Baroni and his mother is Mary Elizabeth mastrantonio who explains how in hard times there’s no money left over for luxury you know their welfare they came by last week and I asked her I said please is there any way we can get a few more dollars every week just so that the check last for one week to the next and she looked at me in the way that she does and she said mrs. Barrett don’t a lot of people are using their checks to play the numbers and a lot of people are taking trains to the shore or they’re going on the movies you and she said the board is so upset that they’re actually thinking of giving us all less money every week ah but there’s one member of the family who has a quarter that’s the kids dying grandfather played by Al Pacino who spends the entire film sitting in a chair in the backyard sharing endless recollections and philosophies he’s sick and I think maybe it’s from exposure go unfortunately Pacino doesn’t look our sound convincingly old he looks and sounds like Al Pacino trying to play an old man and failing see where you born God starts building a house for you and heaven and every time you do a good deed he puts a brick on your house oh you do a bad deed he takes a brick off so since I did more good in my life that bad I think maybe my house was finished I guess the movie is supposed to be a heartfelt insight into human nature but I kept waiting for the kid to find out that something in life was more important than going to the movies now even I know that he never does in the last scene of two bits in its own way is amazingly heartless ah there’s only one element in the picture I like this young boy who played the actor oh he’s a good actor yeah he has to play scenes uncut frequently you can cut around children a reaction shot reaction shot and get away with it there’s a long sequence in this film probably the best because when they’re both lying on their back talking and this boy holds his own with Pacino Al Pacino now has successfully not unsuccessfully played an old man twice at the end of Godfather 3 we don’t believe him at all and that makeup and we don’t believe him here I think he has trouble playing old and that reason is he’s such a vital guy that we just don’t accept him as an old man and he probably should stay away from it and Kenneth thankfully stay away from it for another twenty thirty years they really didn’t have a film here coming up next those white men can’t jump stars Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson are team together as New York transit cops in money train three four million at least [Music]

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