Film: The Irishman

Opened: November 1, 2019

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: 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 & Dascha Polanco

Director Martin Scorsese unites an iconic trio of mob movie actors to star in the adaption of Charles Brandt’s I Heard You Paint Houses, which is based on true events.

Truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) is introduced to Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and becomes a hitman for the crime family. Eventually, Frank is introduced to Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) and becomes his bodyguard.

Running almost three-and-a-half hours, The Irishman covers multiple decades and utilizes technology to de-age its actors. De Niro, Pesci and Pacino brilliantly play their roles; however, the film loses its energy at times.

Scorsese directs the film fantastically. In no way is this not a stellar film, but unfortunately due to the stories he chooses, Scorsese’s flaws of underutilizing diversity and women is more apparent than ever.

Final say: An epic, but long crime film. ★★★★☆

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