Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer/s: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Charles Brandt (book)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, and more.
It is always scary for myself when I experience a roller coaster ride of a hype train prior to seeing a film. My early expectations were so high that once more news of the film came out, they came plummeting down. I heard about the run time of 3+ hours, and even that did not kill my vibe too much, although it did for many. But then the release happened, and everyone started to split. With such a lucrative film like “The Irishman,” I had to dedicate time for when I would watch this, and I finally have done just that. The result?…. Ooof.
“A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa”
There is a golden quality to a Martin Scorsese film that exists in virtually every movie of his. Regardless, if you are in favor or against a movie like “Silence” or “Taxi Driver,” there is always that quality attached to it. “The Irishman” is clearly no exception. Netflix let Scorsese run wild creating his epic or a film and letting it run for three and a half hours. From the style of performances to the way it was shot and styled, this feels like a good old classic Scorsese mobster movie covered up in another telling of the Jimmy Hoffa story.
Like all good Scorsese films that bolster that high quality value, they almost always have performances that wow the crowds. With this, I am actually on a 50/50 split. On one end, the legends that are De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci, are fantastic at what the do. It is nearly impossible for these three to be given material of this type and not do an incredible job. I mean, c’mon, they just have to do the same thing they have been doing for all these years of which made them famous. However, on the other hand, this squad and even the whole surrounding cast do not have any scene-stealing moments. There is no “say hello to my little friend.” or “you talkin to me?.” Just simply nothing memorable for us to sit on for years and years to come.
Now we address the elephant in the room. Yes, the three and a half hour elephant. A long run time will rarely deter me from watching a film. As long as the content is engaging and fun, three hours can feel like an hour to me. Well, “The Irishman” is a film that does not even get anywhere near those points. Essentially, what I got for three and a half hours was De Niro narrating his characters life, and Hoffa yelling “My union!! Frank! Kill them!!!” I hate to say it, and I tried desperately to enjoy it, but “The Irishman” is a snoozefest.
I do not know. Maybe I missed the point. Maybe I am missing the expert craft, although I still appreciate what I saw in the form of a Scorsese film, but I truly did not enjoy “The Irishman” all that much. Far far too long with not much happening in that entire 3 hour and some change run time. For the Scorsese fans and also the fans of old Hollywood, maybe “The Irishman” is for you and worth the watch cause this is as old Hollywood as it can get in some ways. For myself, I can assuredly say I will more than likely never watch this film again.
- Ray Romano is probably my favorite part of the film.
- It took me two attempts to actually finish this in one sitting.
- Feels way longer than three and a half hours.
- As a piggyback off of what I said earlier, the ensemble basically play their old iconic characters, yet in an unexciting way.
- Dinner execution scene is probably my only exciting point.
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