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A very good, kind of cerebral film, that clearly falls short of greatness...
Overly long yet still very engaging most of the time...
Pesci, Pacino, and especially De Niro, are all in fine, if not top form...
This docudrama delves into trust, friendship, love, power struggle and betrayal among the men who got involved in the inner circle of the Teamsters union. Well-crafted, gripping and engaging!
Based off of Charles Brandt’s book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” this movie chronicles Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran’s life as a hitman including his startling confession of assassinating corrupt Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa.
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese catch wind of the memoir and decides to bring their “gang” of Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel for one last (possibly) mafia love-fest in “The Irishman.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t pan out. The core actors are decades older than the roles they play. If I may so, it looked more like a retirement community theater’s rendition of Goodfellas or Casino. And because of their ages, action scenes were crochety and awkward. Another complaint I had is the choice of Italian-American actors for Jimmy Hoffa (German/Irish) and Frank Sheeran (Irish) played by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro respectively. I got confused especially when Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) was being derogatory towards another crime boss, Tony Provenzano (Stephen Graham). I kept thinking to Hoffa/Pacino - “Well, aren’t you Italian??”
I have enjoyed the book and sat through the movie, only to find reports backed by mafia experts that Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran was more of an errand boy than a mob hitman. But who’s to say, there is no one alive to challenge that.
Martin Scorsese proves once again why he is one of the greatest filmmaker of all time. From start till the end the movie is brilliant, slower than usual Scorsese flicks, but brilliantly done. The editing of the movie is terrific and it will never bore, it movies at a slow pace, its poetic and story is just outstanding. Al Pacino was the standout performance for me, he gave a mind blowing performance, probably the best performance of the year. Joe Pesci was unbelievably good, especially considering Goodfellas, Casino and Raging Bull, he was really different. Robert De Niro was mesmerizing, just outstanding, especially in the last 30 minutes he was insane. The movie movie had one of the most impactful last 30 minutes, emotional and makes one question about their life. 10/10- cinema at its finest.
A great Scorcese film similar to GoodFellas, Casino, Mean Streets. It is the first time that Scorcese made a film with Al Pacino. A portrait of loyalty and betrayal, may I suggest of Shakespearian levels? There is some question as to whether the ending is truthful (Vanity Fair Magazine).
Everything about this movie is perfect, from the acting to the cinematography. Yes- it is a long movie, 3hrs 20 minutes, but I can't understand why people complain about that. This movie is an absolute masterpiece from start to finish. One of the best if not the best mob/gangster movie of my lifetime. The story is a journey, a complex journey, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.
The actors are wonderful. The film is very long, and a bit hard to follow. I do not recommend it.
The Irishman is, quite simply, a Masterpiece.
When it was released last year many people were put off by its slow pace and epic length so the film didn’t get anywhere near the recognition it really deserved.
In comparison with Scorsese’s other Mob films such as Mean Streets, Goodfellas and Casino, this one is not nearly as fast and flashy and it moves much more leisurely.
But that actually works perfectly with this material and the story Scorsese is telling.
The Irishman is much deeper and more melancholy than those films - but don’t worry - it still has plenty of the action and drama that those other other films are known for.
It is a story about friendship ...betrayal..and ultimately ....supreme regret.
As always with Scorsese’s films, the music is just great, perfectly capturing the different time periods the films story takes us through.
The films length is formidable, but as you watch the story and Scorsese takes you into his world - you wont even notice it.
The Irishman really feels like a Grande Finale to all the other Mob films Scorsese has done - a perfect conclusion to the story he began with Mean Streets and then took through Goodfellas and Casino.
This is also likely the last time you will see these talents working together at the very top of their craft like this...
so it truly is a film to be treasured.
After all the hype, this is all you've got? I mean, it's an OK gangster movie, if a bit long. Overall, it's pretty slow. (Since Netflix did it, I'm surprised they didn't make it into a four-part mini-series.) But it really doesn't go anywhere or do anything. (There are lots of hanging bits that could have been addressed, to make it into a bit longer series.) It's a kind of "Forrest Gump" for wise-guys, without the humour. Not exactly a waste of time, but certainly not going to be a classic.
Great film, even though the aging and reverse aging of the actors don't always work.
It was pretty good but too long at 3 and a half hours. Also, Deniro is too old. I couldn't take him seriously as a tough guy with his frail 70's body.
Overrated film! Pacino and DeNiro are way too old to play their parts and the poor makeup attempt to make them look younger didn't help much ! DeNiro portraying a hitman at his advanced age was laughable in many scenes. On the other side it was a good film, not a great film. Peci was outstanding. Scorsese needs to refrain from casting his old cronies in roles they are no longer suited too!
Really a disappointment. It was a combination of "ONE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA" and "HOFFA".
If you like counting all the people in the movie that appeared in other gangster movies you might enjoy this, as "SOPRANOS", "GOODFELLAS, and "GODFATHERS" show up and you can name them, but the film itself is a cliche and rather boring.
The critics drooled over this one. I guess they were afraid to say the king has no clothes. if you're hankering to see a Martin Scorsese gangster film, get "MEAN STREETS" again. You'll enjoy it more.