Casino – A Movie Review


A casino is a facility that houses games of chance and gambling activities. It may offer extra luxuries like restaurants, stage shows and dramatic scenery, but its essential function is to provide an environment where people can gamble and place bets on the outcome of a game.

In addition to traditional table and slot machines, most casinos have a variety of other offerings for players to enjoy. These include bingo halls, test-your-mettle card tournaments and karaoke nights. Many of these activities are designed to make players feel good and they have become an integral part of the casino experience.

For many people, visiting a casino is about more than the actual gambling. It’s about escaping to an engrossing world of lights, sounds and action that they don’t have in their everyday lives. These feelings are amplified by the fact that winning is a rare occurrence, which creates an intoxicating rush.

While most movies about Las Vegas stick to the glamorous surface of booze, parties and weekend getaways, Casino takes an honest look at what makes Sin City tick. It isn’t just about opulence and neon signs, it’s also about the institutional systems of grift that keep money rolling into the coffers. With a bravura opening sequence that evokes the eerie calm of Goodfellas’ Copacabana interlude, and a final scene that looks down on a derelict Tangiers now reimagined as a Disneyland ride, Scorsese’s vision is both nostalgic and rueful.