The Irishman

The Irishman ★★★★★

”The Irishman” is the flip side of “Goodfellas”. A film that demonstrated many of the ”pros“ of the gangster lifestyle. “The Irishman” highlights the ”cons” — and it’s absolutely devastating in its portrayal. Loss of family. Loss of friends. And linking all the way back to “Mean Streets” — the loss of soul.

De Niro. Pacino. Both give some of the best work in twenty odd years. Pesci. Perhaps the best of the three. An absolute revelation. I’ve missed his presence in cinema so much.

”The Irishman” reflects over a lifetime of Martin Scorsese’s gangster film masterworks. Reminding me somewhat of Eastwood’s “Unforgiven”: A final word on a genre that made that made the directors famous, but this time without the glitz, glamour and myth making.

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