Written July 14, 2014
It's sad when wasted talent is used on someone and their future disappears. Many people get caught up with power, fame, or joy that they loose their sense of humanity and logic. "A Bronx Tale" directed by the legendary actor Robert De Niro concludes that hanging out with the wrong crowd can cause wasted talent and tragedy. Calegero is an impressionable young man who ends up gambling, hanging out, and being influenced by the famous, wealthy gangster sonny. Sonny is played brilliantly by Chazz Palminteri, who exemplifies someone wrapped in greed and is powerless without fame. Calegero's father is a simple man who drives a bus played excellently by Robert De Niro. His name is Lorenzo. Lorenzo despises Sonny for his tactics and is afraid he will lose his son and that Calegreo will turn out like Sonny. As time travels, Calegreo and Sonny form a relationship that continues to strengthen, nut the message his father sends him still sticks with him. Choice, chance, luck, and waste is all examined in this brilliant tale. De Niro does a fine job of directing and shows the Bronx setting perfectly. Every shot is strong, but could have more intensity. The real hero of this film is Chazz Palminteri. He wrote this marvelous screenplay and teaches us about who to look up to and why not to give into pressure. Morality is examined thoroughly throughout this masterpiece, but many other themes that tie into morality are shown as well. Brilliant acting and great dialogue help bring this inspirational story to life to show the world how to stay moral and what examples to live by.