The Irishman

The Irishman ★★★★★

Shut it all down, wrap it up, it’s all finished. Scorsese couldn’t let the decade end without giving us another masterpiece. It starts of like most of Marty’s crime dramas, but the longer it goes the more a strong sense of melancholy starts to build. Really, leaving the theater after this, I felt sadder more than anything else. Still, it’s absolutely enthralling for the entire runtime, not a single second of this feels necessary in any way. De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino act the shit out of this, I’m gonna be thinking about some of their scenes together for the rest of my life. Schoonmaker’s editing and Prieto’s cinematography cannot go unmentioned, both are tremendous in keeping the film’s tone and pace in line with what it wants to say: and of course it does have a lot to say. I’ve not been forced to think so much about concepts like mortality so much after a film in quite some time, and that’s always refreshing.

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