The Irishman

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

The film is paced so well that it doesn’t feel long, there are no lulls. But, there is no tension or drama either in the first 2 1/2 or even 3 hours. It’s kind of wild how steady and easy it feels.

It’s like a slice of life, except about his whole life. The stakes aren’t clear and there aren’t strong arcs for any of the characters. I appreciated the performances, especially Pesci, but I didn’t find it all that captivating. 

And then you get to the last 30 minutes or so. All of a sudden it clicked for me. There is such loneliness. And there is this feeling that he spent his whole life working in a certain direction, but for what?

I wonder if you could deliver those last 30 minutes with only 2 hours instead of 3 before it. I suspect so, but maybe not. Regardless, that turn is what made it worth it for me.

I also wonder if I’d appreciate the first hours more on a second viewing.