I love gangster films, there’s just something really enchanting about the setting, they all have a very warm but sleazy tone to them that I can’t quite put my finger on, so I don’t really know why it took me so long to get round to watching A Bronx Tale. A Bronx Tale isn’t really your traditional film about the mob, it was directed by long time Scorsese gangster movie collaborator Robert DeNiro and he has a role in the film too.
At first you’d be forgiven for confusing this film for Goodfellas, the first act literally plays out almost identically, there’s a young child from a low income family witnessing a shooting and working for a gangster to the disapproval of his parents, A Bronx Tale only being released 2 years after Goodfellas this can feel redundant, and I know that DeNiro could have told this story in a much better way. But that is where the similarities start to end, A Bronx Tale is a love story at its core and a pretty cute one at that, C is also in a constant battle with himself trying to maintain a relationship with the two role models in his life, his father and Sunny. I really like how this was shown, it’s clear that C is having an identity crisis in a way, for a lot of the film he feels distant and rejected clinging to anything that shows him acceptance or support, he doesn’t want to be a working man like his father but at the same time he isn’t cut out for the organised crime world of Sunny, he’s stuck.
Both characters give C contradicting information, C’s father is disapproving of his relationship with a black girl but Sunny tells him something like that shouldn’t matter, all this conflicting advice confuses C and I really like how that was shown. I really doubted DeNiro’s skill as a director before going into to the film I was pleasantly surprised with a A Bronx Tale, although his performance as C’s father wasn’t anything to write home about A Bronx Tale was a great film that deserves to be held up with films like Casino or Mean Streets, 8/10.
In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.