It’s the style, dialogue, and strong characters of his movies that get the most plaudits. But there’s plenty of range in the types of films he makes, too. He hasn’t just stuck to one genre, he’s dabbled in them all, including comedy movies and documentaries.
In this blog, we’re going to run through just four of his movies that show what an eclectic approach to movie-making the movie master possesses. If you’ve never seen a Scorsese movie before (i.e., you’ve been living under a rock), then check out these four to get a sense of what the New Yorker is all about when it comes to the big screen.
Casinos have influenced movies for decades. Indeed, as soon as Las Vegas became popular, people began making movies about it. Yet until Martin Scorsese came along, no one had captured Sin City in such a stylish, thrilling way.
Scorsese’s 1995 movie Casino stands as a triumph of cinema, one that ticks every box that film lovers look for, not just from a Scorsese movie, but from any movie. There’s Robert De Niro in a role he was born to play; Joe Pesci as the charismatic — and outright frightening — Nicky Santoro; and Sharon Stone as an all-powerful, slightly wild hustler. And then, of course, there’s all the style of Vegas and a watertight screenplay that’s dripping with memorable lines.
It wasn’t as successful as Goodfellas upon release but, in recent years, critics have reevaluated the movie and now consistently rank it as superior to its predecessor.
A person who’s seen Casino may be surprised to learn that the same director made Hugo, a lovable, warm – yet occasionally dark – movie aimed at younger audiences. There aren’t too many of these films that are equally enjoyable for adults, but Hugo fits the bill.
It’s set in 1931 Paris, which helps capture the imagination, and features an all-star cast including Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, and Chloe Grace Moretz. It sucks you in from the first moment, especially the sweeping, beautifully rendered 3D images of early 20th century Paris, and takes many twists and turns along the way, too. The tribute to early movie pioneer Georges Méliès is classic Scorsese, who’s considered an out-and-out movie buff.
Gangs of New York
Another Scorsese movie, another journey back in time. Set in 1862 New York, this sprawling and ambitious movie features Daniel Day-Lewis in one of his best roles (though truth be told, they’re all pretty great), and is another movie to add to the Scorsese/Leonardo DiCaprio collection.
It’s terrifying, intriguing, and all-out entertaining, a movie that shows that Scorsese can take on any project and make it work. And of course, this is a movie that showcases Scorsese’s talent for filming violence. Oh, how much violence…
The Wolf of Wall Street
We’ve had hard-hitting, we’ve had fantasy movies, we’ve had time-travelling. Now it’s time for entertainment. The story behind The Wolf of Wall Street may be unpleasant, but the movie depiction is a riot from start to finish. There’s not one moral in the movie, which shows just how rich and glamorous crime can be, until it all falls apart. Scorsese received his eighth Oscar nomination for Best Director for this movie, the most of all time.
And there we have it. Once you’ve finished with these four, check out his other twenty movies – you won’t be disappointed!