The Irishman

This film felt much like a “Once Upon a Time” film – Once Upon a Time in America, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, etc.  In those kinds of films the viewer is dropped into a story that is slow to develop.  In fact, the developments often feel secondary to the acting and scenery.  If the viewer isn’t interested or able to let go and immerse themselves into this kind of experience then I would imagine they might be disappointed in this film.  If you’re looking for a movie with a heavy plot with many twists or good vs. evil… this isn’t for you.  The film is 210 minutes long and to be honest I forgot about it five minutes after it was over.  But that speaks more to my point about the film being an experience rather than a roller coaster.  The good news about films like this is that it provides a good opportunity to be watched again because the story didn’t necessarily stick with me like the experience did.

While I was watching it…. magic.  Did we ever think that we would see a movie again where DeNiro, Pesci, Pacino, Keitel and others would be real characters instead of caricatures of themselves?  Pacino has actually done some excellent work in smaller projects over the last few years (see Danny Collins) and he was marvelous in this film.  DeNiro… what was his last good movie?  It was just amazing to see these legendary actors (and director!) in the twilight of their careers doing actual acting.

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Movie title: The Irishman

Movie description: Pennsylvania, 1956. Frank Sheeran, a war veteran of Irish origin who works as a truck driver, accidentally meets mobster Russell Bufalino. Once Frank becomes his trusted man, Bufalino sends him to Chicago with the task of helping Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful union leader related to organized crime, with whom Frank will maintain a close friendship for nearly twenty years.

Date published: 2019-11-30

Director(s): Martin Scorsese

Actor(s): Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Harvey Keitel, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Kathrine Narducci, Welker White, Jesse Plemons, Jack Huston, Domenick Lombardozzi, Paul Herman, Louis Cancelmi, Gary Basaraba, Marin Ireland, Sebastian Maniscalco, Steven Van Zandt, Lucy Gallina, Jonathan Morris, Dascha Polanco, Bo Dietl, Aleksa Palladino, Daniel Jenkins, Jim Norton, Billy Smith, Kevin O'Rourke, Action Bronson, Glenn Cunningham, Paul Ben-Victor, Patrick Gallo, James Martin, Jake Hoffman, Barry Primus, Danny A. Abeckaser, Anthony J. Gallo, J. C. MacKenzie, Joseph Bono, Jamil Antonio Stefan, Louis Vanaria, Craig Vincent, John Polce, Joseph Riccobene, Vinny Vella, Thomas E. Sullivan, John Cenatiempo, Robert Mladinich, Rich Reilly, Robert Funaro, Tess Price, Jennifer Mudge, India Ennenga, Jordyn DiNatale, Kate Arrington, Bernie Martin, Philip Suriano, Tony Suriano, Jason A. Iannacone, Michael C. Brennan, James P. Harkins, Al Linea, Garry Pastore, Frank Pietrangolare, Frank Aquilino, Johnny T. Sollitto, Patrick Murney, Samantha Soule, Richard V. Licata, Vito Picone, Larry Mazza, Craig DiFrancia, Ira Drukier, Jon Bruno, Paul Borghese, Steven Maglio, James Licata, Veronica Alicino, Mike Massimino, James Ciccone, Ron Castellano, Marco Greco, Meghan Rafferty, Aldo Sergi, James Lorinz, Jeffrey Paul, Robert C. Kirk, Vincent Maritato, Lawrence Smith, Rebecca Faulkenberry, Ken Wulf Clark, John Rue, Steve Routman, Fernando Vera, Peter Claymore, Charles DelGatto, Michael Gongora, Eugene Bunge, Matthew F. O'Connor, Cliff Moylan, Vincenzo DelRiccio, Steve Beauchamp, Alfred Sauchelli Jr., Joe Giorgio, Diana Agostini, Lauren Aparicio, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, John Garrett Greer, Jack Caruso, John Scurti, Thomas J. Jenkins, Steve Witting, Luke Smith, Brent Langdon, James D. Forsha, Giacomino J. Matra, Paul Pearlman, Frank L. Messina, Cilda Shaur, Dominick LaRuffa Jr., Erick Zamora, Joe Caniano, Lou Martini Jr., Michael Bottari, John Bianco, Margaret Anne Florence, Siena Marino, Lori Arkin, Nicholas Chrysan, Samantha Coppola, Logan Crawford, Jeff DeHart, Mark Fairchild, Blaise Corrigan, Jill Brown, Tim Neff, Matt Walton, Peter J. Fernandez, Stephen Mailer, Gino Cafarelli, Robin Kerbis, Lucia Giannetta, Michael Romeo Ruocco, Anne Horak, Nina Lafarga, Clark Carmichael, Joseph Russo, Jeremy Luke, Barbara Eyland, Tracy J. Everitt, Saint Marino, Mario Corry, Johnny Potenza, Joe Passaro, Patrick Borriello, Alfred Nittoli, David Aaron Baker, Stanley Burns, Bill Timoney, Thomas J. McDonald, Virl Andrick, Ernest L. Sanders Jr., Bill McHugh, Kevin Kane, Amelia Brain, Craig Castaldo, Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro

Genre: Crime, History, Drama

My Review

This film felt much like a “Once Upon a Time” film – Once Upon a Time in America, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, etc.  In those kinds of films the viewer is dropped into a story that is slow to develop.  In fact, the developments often feel secondary to the acting and scenery.  If the viewer isn’t interested or able to let go and immerse themselves into this kind of experience then I would imagine they might be disappointed in this film.  If you’re looking for a movie with a heavy plot with many twists or good vs. evil… this isn’t for you.  The film is 210 minutes long and to be honest I forgot about it five minutes after it was over.  But that speaks more to my point about the film being an experience rather than a roller coaster.  The good news about films like this is that it provides a good opportunity to be watched again because the story didn’t necessarily stick with me like the experience did.

While I was watching it…. magic.  Did we ever think that we would see a movie again where DeNiro, Pesci, Pacino, Keitel and others would be real characters instead of caricatures of themselves?  Pacino has actually done some excellent work in smaller projects over the last few years (see Danny Collins) and he was marvelous in this film.  DeNiro… what was his last good movie?  It was just amazing to see these legendary actors (and director!) in the twilight of their careers doing actual acting.

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