Have you ever heard that narration is a lazy method in storytelling? It only is when it's used for a scene that could be explained on its own. CASINO takes it to a whole new level. During the first 60-90 minutes, it tries to convince the audience that the story is great. It doesn't work that way; we have to experience it by ourselves. By the time the narration decreases and we're allowed to actually watch the scenes, I was disconnected from the movie. Now, why do I think that GOODFELLAS and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (also directed by Martin Scorsese) are better, despite having narration and the same story structure? Because the script writers of those movies knew when narration was necessary and because they developed the characters. Also, those movies had epilogues that showed how the things the protagonists had gone through had affected them. This movie doesn't do that. It literally ends with the protagonist saying "I was back where I had started... and that's that."