Scarface truly is a crime film classic. Not only is its simple message on the corrupting effect of power timeless, but unlike many other films of this era, its cinematography and audio do not detract from its storyline, and in fact add greatly to the overall style of the film.
A film firmly based firmly around guns, drugs, sex and money, Scarface follows closely one person – Antonio ‘Tony’ Montana, a Cuban refugee seeking to claw his way to power. Played by Al Pacino, his performance is both believable and entertaining as we follow Tony’s rise and climactic fall.
One criticism I do have is that the film does not develop the characters of Tony’s other Cuban compatriots very well, but this thankfully does not detract from the main storyline, which from beginning to end is truly glorious, if somewhat predictable.