25 August 2019 | kiowhatta
Mafiosi Films are a Deep Genre.
Many viewers on here complain about the predictability and formulaic composition of Italian gangster films.
They complain that they are unoriginal.
Well, so was the Sopranos.
Every plot, every subplot, character arc, drama and tension was almost completely informed by either Mob classics or Mob folklore.
The beauty of the Sopranos was it's subtle parody of mafia stereotypes - and perhaps for the first time viewed as a daily drama.
Larger than life gangsters dealing with everyday life made for great viewing.
Essentially though, it was a dramedy. It was social commentary and skilful intricate character development.
Not every mobster flick can live up to be Goodfellas, Casino or the Godfather.
Because it is a thoroughly mined genre, mediocrity is inevitable-but that doesn't mean it's trash, or by the numbers storytelling.