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Review The Untouchables (1987): One of the best gangster films ever made!

review: crime, drama, thriller

Pretty sure The Untouchables is historically inaccurate. Like most Hollywood films are. But it doesn't matter. The Untouchables is epic and still holds up today!

This is a title I can watch over and over again and never get bored by it. Everything clicks in this film. Top-notch camerawork, superb direction, fantastic performances, real good action and killer soundtrack. I would say that the soundtrack from Ennio Morricone is quite pivotal in enhancing the events. It's so good that it intensifies almost every scene. The music gets you pumped for what to come. Even if you have a pretty good idea what is going to happen. Brian De Palma does a good job of making you root for characters you barely know. What you know is enough to make them likeable. They want to fight the good fight, knowing very well that will have many consequences. Real dire consequences! It's what makes them heroes.

It also helps that Al Capone and his goons are super evil. Naturally, some nuance in their characterizations would have made the film more realistic. Then again, this is clearly an old school take on cops and robbers. And then you never sided with the robbers. One could argue that presenting Capone as this almighty figure is fair. But I think people forget how cruel and ruthless these gangsters are. If you ask me, you can't emphasize that enough. 

Sean Connery very rightfully won the Oscar for best supporting role. He elevated a pretty by the numbers crime film into a masterpiece. Some people claim this film is too romanticized and dramatic. Well, yes. But in this case highly effective and to the point. There is an emotional component to this film that holds up even today. In my book, that is a good thing. Overall, I would say that this is one of the best gangster films ever made and a true classic. A must watch for sure!

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