Despite what every rapper that has ever been on MTV Cribs has said.. NO.. ‘Scarface’ is NOT the greatest movie of all time..
While I can certainly appreciate the movie –and enjoy it very much if I happen to sit down for the 3 hours plus it takes to watch it– I haven’t been convinced that this is The greatest movie of all time. The general consensus on that one is Citizen Kane (I saw it in film class back in the day… something about camera angles and shit).
Now not to compare ‘Scarface’ to shit that we can’t relate to, but I think the movie isn’t even the best in its own genre. In my opinion ‘Blood In Blood Out’ is superior to ‘Scarface’ in many ways. For one thing, the realistic nature of the story, yea I know ‘Scarface’ is meant to be over the top, all Say Hello To My Little Friend (pause) but ‘Blood In Blood Out’ goes over the span of a group of cousins’ lifetime examining the ups and downs of various choices.
I’m reluctant to post a scene from ‘Blood In Blood Out’ here simply because of the whole Spoilers shit.. but either you’ll go watch it, have seen it, or don’t really care. I mean the shit’s been out since the 80’s.
Something about that scene to me, captures the malicious nature of a hardened upbringing, claiming land if only in principle to mark where you are and more importantly who you are.
Maybe rappers try to identify with ‘Scarface’ so much to the point of romanticism because they hope to be similarly as relevant as he was in the film and hope that their demise, whether artistically or actually, is as epic and memorable as Mr. Montana’s. In the end though, the hero, or in this case anti-hero, dies alone and it feels for obvious reasons very cinematic. ‘Blood In Blood Out’ is real in the context of how the characters are portrayed at movies end. Sometimes it isn’t about success or failure but merely maintaining.
Point is.. Try and see the damn movie.
P.s. I could have easily argued the counter point. It’s all about perspective.