So this is a continuation to yesterday’s Mean Streets post... another thing about Johnny Boy that stands out to me is his appearance. Whenever we see him, his hair is always a mess and his outfits look as if they were thrown together at the last minute. In my opinion, his appearance symbolizes his life. Out of order, not cared for and most of the time a big mess. Johnny is a man child. He may be grown but he doesn’t take anything seriously. Everything is a big joke to him. Even the fact that he owes Michael $3,000, he thinks it’s funny and doesn’t really think of it as a big deal. He puts himself and others in danger with his foolish actions. This is proved in the very last scene of the movie (spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it). Charlie, Johnny and Teresa get shot at by Jimmy Shorts (played by Martin Scorsese). I think at this moment in the movie, Johnny finally realizes what he’s done. After Charlie crashes the car they were all in into a street pole, we see Johnny get out holding his neck where he got shot. We’re never told if he lives or dies but I’m pretty sure he survived which is actually the saddest part. The fact that he has continue to live the way he was. Or maybe it was a wake up call that he needs to change. But knowing Johnny Boy and knowing how destructive and selfish he can be, change is highly unlikely.
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Mean Streets (1973)