Sharon Stone icing on the cake in this Vegas epic,
This review is from: Casino [DVD]  (DVD)Watching Rita Hayworth in Gilda, the silver-screen film noir from the '50s which is largely set around a gambling joint in Buenos Aries, the sight of her sex symbol loveliness reminded me of Sharon Stone in Marty Scorsese's 'Casino'.
Playing 'Casino' again, for the fifth (?) time, starring Bob De Niro and Joe Pesci, about all sorts of gambling rituals and often deadly liaisons, Sharon Stone doesn't have quite the same role as Ms Hayworth. But, she is surprisingly good.
As the ex hooker, still in love with her ex, loser James Woods, she marries Sam Rothstein (De Niro), for his money. With $2 million entrusted in a bank vault, she likes her booze, pills, jewelry and her ex more than Sam. She then tries to get back on Sam via Joe Pesci's rather vile character, Nicky Santoro. That's just one story in this multi-strand, often brutal and always entertaining near 3 hour movie.
The main story is about Sam, who soon becomes the boss of the Tangiers Casino. The film spends a good first half hour setting the tone, describing the characters and all the operations involved in running such a lucrative place. Set in the '70s & '80's this is a great modern period piece, too.
Joe Pesci does his yappy little dog routines superbly, baring his teeth and fists at every opportunity. Scorsese, as always, segues some great songs into the soundtrack and the editing, as always, superb.
I find 'Casino' more approachable and enjoyable than 'Goodfellas'. It involves more characters, bigger plot-lines and has more going on. There's also the nice opportunity of just switching oneself off and not following what's going on, sitting back and just letting it all unfold.