From famed Director and Producer Martin Scorsese(Goodfellas, The Departed) we receive a new tale of gangster origins. There has been a lot of press before this movie released on Netflix. So now after experiencing the 3 hour long film, I’m able to understand a bit of the hype going in. The Irishman is a biological tale regarding the Rags to Riches story of Frank Sheeran(Robert De Niro) and the following story of his ties with the Italian mob. During the course of the movie, Frank develops working relationships with Russell Bufalino(Joe Pesci) and eventually Jimmy Hoffa himself(Al Pacino) through his lawyer Bill Bufalino(Ray Romano) who had defended a recent case of his.
While it’s runtime is a bit over 3 hours, the pacing and storytelling is top teir to where I found it hard to get bored. As you watch the characters evolve, how they interact with each other becomes more meaningful and the decisions made impact the story moving forward. Meaning, when incidents occur, or people don’t follow rules, business is affected and then situations have to be taken care of accordingly. For example, there was a job where Frank was tasked to put a rival linen cleaning company out of business. Turned out, said “rivalry” linen service was majority owned by a close associate of Frank’s friend Russell.
Sometimes work gets ugly.
As we end the near of the film, I’m understanding which parts I’ve enjoyed most throughout. Yes, even with violence, suspenseful conversations, and seeing success stories that fill you with joy; the characters stuck with me the most. As this movie progress through time, we can see how these people grow and possibly learn from past mistakes as they get older. It can even show that sometimes, if you do grow or evolve there is always a part of you that remains the same. We see it with the ‘Take Care of It Myself’ attitude that Frank contains throughout as well as the loud stubborness of Jimmy Hoffa over and over. So when we see him fail to get his Union back and receive threats for not following company policy, he’s typically the only one to blame for his own downfall.
So while everybody seemed to play their role, sometimes it must be known that these roles have responsibilities. This plays out very well in The Irishman; and it shows as this is a widely critically acclaimed film that has won over 71 awards. I’m a fan of a good gangster movie and I loved The Departed so I had to check this out. I’d recommend The Irishman to anyone who enjoys good movies in general.