The Irishman

The Irishman ★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

The scope and filmmaking chops are incomparable; only Scorsese could bring this kind of story into focus. But there’s a sense of tiredness here, too, as the territory is decidedly not new at all. I walked in not knowing anything about the plot and before too long was disappointed to realize that, having seen “Goodfellas” and “Casino” so many times, I actually did know the plot already. Of the three lead performances, only Pesci’s offers something new and essential. Pacino’s hamminess is a real liability, and sadly I kept wishing someone else had taken DeNiro’s part. That last bit is because the de-aging trickery works least well on him; he never looks less than Fifty even when Pesci refers to him as “kid.” Finally: the script fails its female characters pretty terribly.

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