It’s time to talk about the last and longest movie I will talk about this week. Nominated to ten Academy Awards for having some of the most impressive casts that you can get, a movie full of veterans of cinema and, for that matter, also veterans of Gangster movies. Who else would be better at directing gagster movies other than the incredible Martin Scorsese, with movies under his belt like Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, Casino, The Departed and etc. As part of the cast, we have the incredible and well known “gangster” Robert De Niro interpreting our main character Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, as part of the support actors we have Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa and Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino. As you may know, the movie is based on a book called “I Heard you Paint Houses”, which was inspired by true events. Although we may not know everything that happened exactly as it happened, this movie gives speculations of what was going on with the mafia during the 60s-80s.
Well, now you know the cast and who’s sitting on the director’s seat, it’s time to know what the hype around the Irishman is for. Let me begin by saying that this movie is 210 minutes long, which means that it is 3h 30m long. So if you do consider it watching either alone or with friends please take the time to watch the whole thing, since it is intended to be watched at once. I saw some pictures circulating twitter that told you how to watch it in episodes and I was just so disappointed at why people would do that, I mean, Tarantino has divided The Hateful Eight into episodes, but that doesn’t mean that everyone intends you to watch their movie in fragments. Anyway, the movie is long, that’s what I’m trying to say.
Like you may or may not know, Scorsese has made many movies about Gangsters, most notably Goodfellas and Casino, but also other movies that are not about gangsters like Taxi Driver and The Wolf of Wall Street, I wonder if you know what the similitude of all these movies is. What I have noticed is that all the movies I previously mentioned are based around one character who isn’t the boss of the mafia but tries to get higher up there or someone who is a nobody and tries to become important. Mostly they are about people who are not very important in the society they want to belong to. This movie has some of it too, the difference is that it’s not based around how they became great, but more about what made them be “great”. I don’t know if you know what I mean. In fewer words, the other movies are about the less important people in a gang, local managers type thing, but this movie deals more with the big guys, the bosses of the gang.
I won’t dissect any scenes here like I have done in other reviews, specifically because there are so many scenes that are just incredible, we had already seen this mastery with the lighting and with the cameras in Casino, but the technology has improved a whole lot since then and you notice it. Another thing that I consider very impressive is the Special Effects they used on the characters, if you don’t know what I mean, let me explain. For almost half the time in the movie we see the main characters in their late 30s-the 90s, this means that the same actors, who are around their mid to late 80s right now, look like 40 years old in a great portion of the movie, this was all done with special effects, if you don’t know how this was done I recommend you ask your friend who is into computers and effects and so because I can hardly grasp the idea of how this was done so good. Other impressive things are the script. I consider that it must have been fun writing this since it might seem simple, but it is more complex than what it seems. For example, in many cases we see the actors speaking with their eyes, they don’t say much, but the words they say and the perfect looks they give while saying it makes it seem like they mean something very different as if they would be talking code. Writing this is very difficult since you have to write the script while also write their intentions and writing it in such a perfect way hast to be super satisfying (this is dedicated to all my fellow writers, keep working on your art).
Since this movie is based on a true story, I should be able to talk about some “spoilers”, but like Sheeran said in one scene almost at the beginning of the movie, and I quote: “Nowadays, young people, they don’t know who Jimmy Hoffa was.” This is why I have decided not to mention anything about the plot since it might be a totally new story for most of you, and if you know the story, you know what I’m trying to avoid saying. If you don’t know who Jimmy Hoffa was then don’t google him and watch the movie. I have to confess that this movie will probably seem slow and boring at first, especially if you don’t know what to expect, but you’ll know once you finish it, that it was important to sit through the whole three and a half hours in order to cause this interesting and satisfying feeling about the ending.
I don’t want to say much about it, so I might as well conclude this review. I really enjoyed this movie and I do consider it to have great qualities to win some awards, let’s remember that it is nominated to 10 academy awards and that he might win a few, although the competition is strong. Go watch it, it’s a Netflix Original movie and let me know what you think about the movie.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this review. If you watch it please let me know what your opinion is, I’d like to discuss this movie with someone.
What should I review next? Tell me in the comment section below. After this review, I’m going back to normal, I’ll be posting once a week, at least I will try to.