Plot: What’s it about?
By itself, Casino is an awesome movie. The one thing that I really don’t care for is that it too closely resembles “GoodFellas”. While this is not entirely “bad”, as GoodFellas is one of my favorite movies, I was initially disappointed…
Robert DeNiro plays “Ace” Rothstein, not in the mafia, but a bookie that has known “the gang” for quite sometime. He is sent out to Las Vegas to run the Tangiers Casino, an investment made by the mob that needs a “professional”. Joe Pesci plays a wiseguy named Nikki Santoro. This is where I don’t like it. I love Joe Pesci, I love his character in both GoodFellas and Casino, but THEY ARE THE SAME CHARACTER! Sharon Stone also gives a great performance as a freeloader/junkie, Ginger who later becomes Ace’s wife.
Things go from good to bad to worse when drugs get in the mix. Nikki moves out to Las Vegas and eventually gets banned from every casino in town. Ginger’s drug habit becomes worse and Ace becomes tangled up in a law dispute, due to him firing the County Commissioner’s nephew.
That’s what bugs me about the movie, they tried to make it too much action/drama/mob movie. While all the right elements are there, it just doesn’t “click” the way that GoodFellas did. From what I’ve said, you probably think I hate the movie. I love it! Like I said, independantly, it’s a great movie. I always start comparing and contrasting with “the other one”. Nevertheless, check this out. If nothing else than to see yet another great performance from Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone.
Video: How does it look?
As visually stunning as this movie is, the 16:9 enhacement by Universal makes this one to see (literally). From the ice-cream colored suits that DeNiro wears throughout the movie, to the glitzy Vegas lights…one of the best pictures out there. (One of the first discs that I used to test out my new Sony DVD player)!
Audio: How does it sound?
The 5.1 Dolby Digital Soundtrack is also awesome. Scorcese tends to use a lot of bass in the surround channels that really gets the mood going. Gunfire, beatings and slot machines can be heard throughout every speaker. Nice sound!
Supplements: What are the extras?
Production notes, a theatrical trailer and cast bios are included. Not bad, but the picture and sound (and movie itself) make up for what’s lacking here.