Scarface goes about trying to tell the story of an over the top gangster through some over the top violence which is only suppose to grander until its explosive finale. Well Howard Hawks's direction actually is a bit too timid at times, though Paul Muni is more than game for a bit of flamboyancy. Moment of it actually work really well when it does find just the right extreme moment or tone, like the ending, or when they go about knocking off Boris Karloff. Many scenes though are just a bit bland. Its uneven to be sure, but what's good is good. What's bad isn't too bad.