Thursday, October 11, 2007

Scarface (1983)

Scarface is the story of Tony Montana, a poor Cuban immigrant who uses violence fuelled by material greed to build a multi-million dollar Miami drug ring. Tony starts off as a runner, and eventually makes his way to the top with his only two things he has in this world; his heart, and his balls.
Although it was made over 20 years ago, it is not only still relevant, but Tony Montana has become a cultural icon for many young men. He represents greed, power, and the lust for money in a dog eat dog world. I think many people are quick to judge and say that Montana is a miserable role model, one who promotes violence and drug use. Yes, obviously he does promote these things, but he also has a symbolic meaning beneath the surface. Tony represents a young man who came from nothing who wants to make something of himself, and who will stop at nothing to do so. The film itself also teaches us a valuable lesson, that too much greed can certainly be a fatal flaw. This is illustrated not only in Tony’s violent downfall but also foreshadowed in a conversation with another dealer;
Frank Lopez: You know what a chazzer is?
Tony Montana: No, Frank, you tell me. What is a chazzer?
Frank Lopez: It's a Yiddish word for "pig." See, the guy, he wants more than what he needs. He don't fly straight no more.

Not only does this movie provide, intriguing characters, tons of action and a profound message, it is a crime-film classic that has solidified Tony Montana’s spot pop culture

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