The Irishman

The Irishman ★★★

Though it bristles with the same kind of narrative and thematic depth that marks Martin Scorsese's masterworks, "The Irishman," the director's three-plus hour look at the life of Frank Sheeran, is a departure in vigor and quality from those works. An observation of honor and loyalty, friendship and history, the story of Sheeran's rise from truck driver to confidante of Jimmy Hoffa is a newspaper-dry look at mobsters and human monsters. This dryness is buoyed by a prestige cast and bursts of Scorsese's magnetic cinematic language, but the film never shakes the feeling of on over-long TV movie. "The Irishman" is a fastidiously crafted bio-epic that lacks a sustaining narrative energy.

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