The Irishman – 2019

  • Originality: The disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa is one of the most interesting mysteries in American History and this story gives one explanation for his sudden absence from the world stage. This film is long and there are some definite slow parts, but the dialogue is punchy and well-written and pulls the audience in for the forty-plus years covered. [4.5]
  • Performances: DeNiro, Pacino, and Pesci are the three leads of this film and every one of them puts in the time and effort required to make this a mastery of acting prowess. DeNiro is perfectly reserved as the title character whose subtle silence sells the fatal flaw of his character, his constant conflict with the boisterous Pacino and the reserved Pesci makes for an epic character study. [4.5]
  • Technicality: Scorsese waited a long time to get this film off the ground, part of the reason was to wait for the technology to catch up so that he could show forty years on screen using the de-aging technology only recently up to snuff. There is no question that Scorsese is a masterfully talented director and even without the CGI he knows how to showcase talent. [4.5]
  • Rewatchability: This film is over 3 hours long, which naturally limits its rewatchability just due to the time factor required. Otherwise there are a lot of great moments and this film might due well to be watched in segments to better appreciate the truly impressive feats of great acting that take up the bulk of the film and deserve the attention of die hard fans of the genre. [4.0]

Total – [17.5/20.0]

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