Sean Mack's Movie Review: "The Irishman"

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December 11, 2019

As the year comes to a close, movie awards season is starting to heat up.  One of the early Oscar favorites is the new Martin Scorsese film, “The Irishman”.  The famed director got the band back together and worked with old friends Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino in this epic tale.

Scorsese also partnered with Netflix on this-so the film had a short run in actual theaters before moving to the streaming platform Thanksgiving weekend.  This is a perfect movie for streaming due to the run time-3 and a half hours!  I watched it over two nights, with a couple of little breaks here and there.  It’s basically like a little mini-series.

So how was it?  If you are a fan of these actors and Scorsese films in general, you’ll find that there’s a lot to like here.  It’s in the same vein as “Goodfellas” and other gangster movies-a lot of mafia action and plenty of violence throughout.  However, this movie is a bit different-it’s almost a look at the idea of getting old and what that means.  What’s important?  What friends in your life are real friends?  When you are at the end of your life and look back, will you like what you see?

While I think the film was a little long and could have benefitted from being trimmed down by about 30-40 minutes, the last hour is well worth the wait and is some of Scorsese’s best work.  The actors are all on their A game here as well.  If this is the last time we get this group of actors on screen together, they are certainly going out on top.

3 ½ stars out of 4