The Irishman

The Irishman ★★★★

The Irishman is the kind of film a fan of cinema waits their entire lifetime for. It’s a culmination in many more ways than one: of genre, craft, and filmmaker. It’s a swan song, or one-last-job for the ages. This probably isn’t the last we’ll get from Scorsese, his cast, or the genre as a whole. Even if it is though, The Irishman is a satisfying conclusion. Not an easy one, by any stretch. Violence is never easy. What makes this film different though from its genre peers, is that it knows the above to be true. In fact, I’d venture to say The Irishman is an anti-thesis to its genre, albeit a few grey hairs. For the first time in his career, Scorsese’s filmmaking vendetta isn’t to glorify the chaos depicted, but reconcile it. 

Three and a half hours sure seems like a long time at first. In that vein, so does life. But, once it’s over, we like Sheeran, can’t help but ask where we went wrong.

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