The Irishman

The Irishman is the ultimate gangster film from Martin Scorsese.  Jimmy Hoffa’s murder/disappearance is the core plot device in telling the life story of Frank Sheeran played by Robert DeNiro. This is one of DeNiro’s least mannered performances in ages. Unfortunately, he stills falls into acting caricature techniques—think Robert Mueller on SNL. Al Pacino brings life to the three-and-half hour epic. He captures the charisma of Jimmy Hoffa stupendously. And Joe Pesci beautifully portrays Russell Bufalino, crime family lord. The recreation of the 1950’s and 1960’s is impeccable. Editor Thelma Schoomaker does the best she can with Scorcese’s vision but with enough false endings that tax your patience. Periodic humor helps you digest the film’s overlong length. And Scorsese and Director of Photography don’t draw attention to their art which could be considered a plus. So depending on your level of interest in crime drama will impact your reaction to this supposedly Oscar front runner.

The Irishman | Official Trailer | Netflix – YouTube

The Irishman (2019 film) – Wikipedia

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