The Irishman

The Irishman ★★★★★

THE IRISHMAN is an American epic that deals with time & the passing of it...209 minutes of it. There’s so much to unpack here but here’s the gist: Martin Scorsese is using a genre we’re all familiar with to tell a story he’s never done before using technology he’s never used before. It takes its time to get there but it finally culminates in a third act that is truly incredible. Robert De Niro gives one of his best performances due to how restrained and internal it is. Al Pacino is explosive and external, delivering one of his best performances as well. And it’s great to see Joe Pesci back, commanding and intimidating as ever. The film is deliberately paced, packed with tension, humor, small character moments and never dull. A masterwork from a master that may not achieve the same heights as Goodfellas but different heights all together due to its transcendent meditation on mortality and legacy.

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