Typical Scorsese, DeNiro (The Joker), Pacino and Pesci. The Irishman wasn’t a stretch for any of them. The reverse aging CGI is kind of cool, but I think they should have gone with younger actors. The CGI seems to have a 25-year swing and the movie covers over 50 years and these actors are all at the far end of the spectrum. But they are all buddies and they like to keep making the same movies over and over. The under-utilization of Anna Paquin and Jesse Plemons (Game Night) was interesting, how did they get them to even be in this film? This movie is over 3 ½ hours long. There was a lot to cover so we didn’t feel like “is this ever going to end” but some of the interactions did seem to fill time with no actual corroboration as to their authenticity. You should probably just wait and stream it on Netflix, it should be there around Thanksgiving. Or you can stick with the classics, The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II for your holiday fare.
Our Rating for “The Irishman”
Official Trailer for “The Irishman”
Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labor union high official and hitman, learned to kill serving in Italy during the Second World War. He now looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career, maintaining connections with the Bufalino crime family. In particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62.
“The Irishman” New York Film Festival 2019 Q & A
|Principal Cast||Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons|
|Screenwriter||Steven Zallian, based on the book by Charles Brandt|
|Production Companies||TriBeCa Productions, Winkler Films, Sikelia Productions|
|Run Time||209 minutes|
|Genre||Biography, Crime, Drama|
|Premier||New York Film Festival 2019|