Sadly, I'll admit that I've never seen Scarface until last night, yet I've always heard its a great gangster movie, and everyone knows that line, 'Say hello to my little friend!!', even the ones that never have seen this film.
Now it's a bit unfair to be rating a film made almost 25 years ago, as I probably would have rated it an 8 or 9 had I seen it back in the 80s (well, early 90s anyways - i would've been too young in the 80s). But since then such great gangster films like Goodfellas and Casino, as well as drug films such as Blow have been made, and compared to all those, this film is very so-so.
The plot follows the rise (and fall) of a Cuban refugee who becomes the biggest drug lord in Florida, but there was nothing making me care for the antagonist. I cared what happened to Carlito in Carlito's way. I cared what happened Johnny Depp's charachter in Blow. But here, I just couldn't care less about Tony Montana. It's not Pacino's fault (I thought this way his best role I've ever seen him in - absolutely mind-blowing acting) but more of the character's fault. He's just so despicable, that by the end, you find yourself HOPING that he finally gets what is coming to him. And the lead female role played by Michelle Pfeiffer, besides her beauty, she has absolutely zero appeal, zero depth, zero personality. She's just a typical 'trophy wife' of a drug lord, nothing else.
I recommend it for Al Pacino incredible performance, and of course for that famous line at the end, but I won't be adding this to my home collection.