The Irishman

The Irishman ★★★★

I’ve seen people say that the de-aging is supposed to stand out because it’s Frank’s idealized memory. I don’t know if that was the intention with that tech, but what I do know is that all the “gangster movie” stuff in the first act feels parodical, which, again, whether or not intentional services the film’s criticism of gangsters and soldiers for me. I can very easily see it coming off to someone as an attempt at recapturing the magic of Goodfellas, but it leaves a more tongue-in-cheek impression on me, and I think it’s a crucial aspect of the experience. The cinematography looks even worse on a tv screen (I don’t know what’s up with the stabilization in the first shot), but I still had a great time watching this and went through the whole range of emotions. The timing of my family watching this wasn’t the best for a number of reasons and they’re all depressed now, but what was I supposed to say? “Let’s not watch the movie tonight because you’ll all have to confront your mortality in these trying times”?

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