Scarface ★★★★★

De Palma’s magnum opus.

After taking 32 years of my life to finally watch this in full, I can now see why the notorious Scarface is considered the director’s most career-defining project. Even though I would rate Carrie and Body Double higher from a personal enjoyment perspective, the sheer grandeur found in this motion picture is the special kind that cannot be recreated even with astronomical budgets or advances in technology. From the knockout performances, consistently quotable dialogue, a fantastic soundtrack and the director’s signature visual flair, each and every element of this exotic testosterone-fuelled romp is amplified by his evident passion for the art of filmmaking.

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