Exceed to Excess
'Classic' seems to be the word used to describe "Scarface", Brian De Palma's 1983 film about opulence, self surrender, greed, and danger among Florida's drug ring. People, critics and rappers deem this film 'an epic gangster classic' or 'eptiome of gangster films.' When it is anything but. It is praised for all the wrong reasons. Scarface is a terrific film that deserves praise from all over, but not all the praise it gets from people today, and therefor the fine points it so poignantly makes are missed by the general public. First off, the film seems to be about a Cuban refugee, with a past of wanting to escape communism grasp and find happiness. But the layers of De Palma's directing genius, and the great story written by Oliver Stone play into all of it. The characters are all looking for an escape, as escape is a natural element dealt with in the film by all. Each character has something to offer, that makes them likable by everyone who could appreciate this film. They are entwined in a world of mystique and money, but all that has a price, as they all learn. Each character thinks they are getting better chances in life, when in true dramatic irony, they are actually getting worse. 'Tragedy' would be a better word to describe this movie. All those who praise the film for it's drug usage, it's violence, it's dialog, totally missed the point. There is nothing really positive about the film besides the characters positive expectations of themselves. And that is why the film works so well. The devastation through out the film serves to deliver the message of the film, not to look cool or attract viewers. Next on, the film is an adult drama. It is not a 'gangster film'. It has it's share of action, but the action is plotted very carefully, so it has a point. It's not just some action film, and most audiences perceive this film as a big dumb action gangster film about doing drugs and shooting people. Ridiculous. Hogwash. If this film is about that, then it is about how bad it is. Not a promotion of it. This being said, the film is indeed a great film. It has great cinematography that pulls you into the story. It has a very dramatic score, which simply could give you chills, or bring you to tears. The film is rather lengthy, but it is a story, and each moment does count.