The Irishman (2019) Review

Posted: December 6, 2019 in FILM REVIEWS/COMMENTS
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Truck driver Frank Sheeran tells his story of how he gets involved with Russell Bufalino, climbing the ranks to become a top hit man and also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa.

Directed and produced by Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian this offering from the legendary director is based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. Its long run time has perfect pace, but don’t go expecting the roller coaster ride of Goodfellas or Casino, this echoes classics like The Godfather’s and Once Upon A Time in America’s pacing with the feel of JFK to name a few.

It’s poignant, funny and the violence boldly plays second fiddle to the characters and their relationships. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are on fine form along with Harvey Keitel (whose screentime is limited) with their ageing special effects holding up for the most part (Pacino looks a little off at times). A casual viewer probably wouldn’t notice as they age from the 1950s onwards, it touches on many periods with great recreations.

For completion, it’s only crime is not including Ray Liotta and Johnny Depp.

Highly recommended.

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