The Irishman (2019)

The Irishman (2019)

Title: The Irishman

Year: 2019

Genre: Biography | Crime | Drama |

Runtime: 209 min

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

imdb 8,1/10



Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labour 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.


No matter what, Martin Scorsese is now of the best-renowned director of all time. By far he’s one of the most competent directors there is when it comes to the crime genre where he has made films with engaging characters and compelling plots, told from the early 1970s to present.

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By far, his achievement based on true crime stories has spawned into familiar classics that you might be able to re-watch over and over. Even if this is a movie with a span on over 3, 5 hours long runtime, it has a good pace and the action is barely boring. Some editing parts is restrained. Scorsese has taken some liberties to explore this story in a compact and visual way. Al Pacino shines for the first time in a long time. Probably since he’s the best-known role of Godfather, as Michael Corleone.

As he was brilliant in that movie – he wasn’t that good in this film. Joe Pesci has been praised for his performance as the cynical leader and contributes a decent performance, even if this is role back from retirement. As usual Robert De Niro feels awkwardly in this film. He works for the story, but the de-ageing 70-aged of old actors reflects somewhat in their performance.

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All three actors, who have been de-aged by digital techniques make their performance somewhat deranged. They look young but moves in their real age. The direction is sometimes playful and there are few comedy moments in some scenes.  Overall, it’s a decent movie that is very long and the epic part is really constructed faithfully on a known story structure. As every act functionalizes as one hour, some part of the film is really stretched out – as mentioned before.

Netflix has really promoted this film hard and for a long time, and somehow it could also define a new era where streaming services takes more command during the award seasons.  The streaming services have even been acknowledged for their content in the drama, which this is also a defined move to put another A-list director on top for their repertoire.

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Scorses tries to go back to old times but something is missing. As a piece is missing, it hard to digest a story like this is.




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