Review of Scarface (1983)

Moving picture, 170 minutes

A Cuban criminal is exiled to the United States, where we follow the rise and fall of his organized crime syndicate.

Distinctly 80’s gangster epic and remake. Some plot holes (the chainsaw is stupid), some early pacing problems, some really ugly hair. The wife stays a redundant cliché right up to her final performance in the restaurant, when she adds something. Tony Montana’s devolution from arrogant schemer to unbearable reptile is very well done, and the history of reception in the US hip-hop community is intriguing.

References here: Elite Squad (2007).

moving picture fiction