“Say hello to my little friend!!” Probably one of the most badass quotes said during the 80’s. I can’t remember a day back in middle school where I didn’t talk about Scarface. Tony Montana used to be my idol, I literally talked, moved, and breathed Tony Montana. I memorized all his quotes and I remember saying one to a teacher (can you guess which one?) which got a me into a week of detention, but thank god my principle didn’t meet up with my parents about it, otherwise I wouldn’t be alive to write this review.
Scarface was released on December 9th, 1983. The movie follows a man named Tony Montana (Al Pacino), a Cuban refugee, who is sent to the US as a “political prisoner”. So he gets involved with a bunch of drug dealers, and as time passes, he eventually builds a drug empire that’s bigger than anyone could have imagined.
This movie has balls. It shows it all: Drugs, sex, violence, blood, cursing all over the place; it’s the real deal. I don’t think any movie before Scarface had shown all of these explicitly in one package. Brian De Palma had to cut the movie three time in order to get it a rating of R!! He met up with actual police officers who told him that the movie closely depicts the real life drug dealing gangland. Scarface also has a very kick ass soundtrack.
The story is simply amazing. Tony did make a lot of sacrifices to get to the top. The cast and crew did a great job with the movie, the script is very good, and of course the cinematography was excellent. Brian De Palma did a fantastic job directing the movie.
*SPOILER ALERT* Believe it or not, I respected the actuality that De Palma had Tony murdered at the end. And, I will tell you guys why. You see, many movies these days are too predictable, you would have a rough sketch of the rhythm that the movie would follow before you actually watch it. But I never expected the oh, so great Tony Montana to die *SPOILERS END HERE*. First time watching the movie, I expected Tony to kill Sosa and take the empire for himself(like in the videogame). moreover, there are a lot of unexpected events that occur throughout the movie. This is another reason why this movie deserves a toast! It’s unpredictable for people who are going to watch it for the first time.
The final battle between Tony and Sosa’s henchmen has to be one of the most EPIC battle scenes I have ever watched in my entire life. It’s so intense and loud, guns fired all over the place, grenades, and a shitload of swearing. Not to mention, Tony was as high as Felix Baumgartner when he made the Stratosphere jump. Tony literally goes ape shit at the end.
Tony Montana is a very respectable character. Apart from snorting cocaine and swearing and killing the whole time, there is still a good guy inside of him. He shows this when he refuses to blow up a car with kids inside it (whereas his accomplice, Sosa, doesn’t mind at all), and he still cares about his family no matter what they think of him. Al Pacino did a great job portraying Tony, and I honestly think that no one could have pulled it off other than him. The movie can be really funny too! There were moments where I actually laughed; the amount of humor injected into the movie was just right.
Whether you like it not, Scarface is one hell of a movie, an ongoing thrill ride full of guns, blood, suspense, and catchphrases. I would definitely recommend this one.
Take a Drink: every time Tony says a catchphrase.
Take a Drink: whenever Tony murders someone.
Take a Drink: when Manny sticks out his tongue to the girl at the beach.
Take a Drink: whenever anyone snorts coke.
Do a Shot (and call the ambulance): whenever someone says “fuck”
Take a Drink: if you want Tony’s hot tub in the middle of your room.