The Irishman is very long. It’s half an hour longer than Avengers: Endgame and that was very long. Despite it’s length and slow pace, it constantly grips you with the brilliantly portrayed characters and the intertwining stories between them all, especially on central character Frank Sheeran played by Robert Deniro. This is a movie by Martin Scorcese starring Robert Deniro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. Were there any doubts that it was going to be good?
Frank Sheeran is a truck driver come hired gun, and The Irishman follows Frank through his life, with Deniro playing Sheeran at several different ages thanks to de-ageing software that has developed to a point that it no longer looks creepy.
Al Pacino stars as Jimmy Hoffa, the union leader who was involved in organised crime through the Teamsters, and ‘The Irishman’ is almost about Hoffa as much as it is about Sheeran; both Deniro and Pacino put in exceptional performances that are at the heart of the movie. Hoffa is one of the most powerful men in the country at the time JFK becomes presidentAll of the central performances are great, with Joe Pesci as Russell, the head of the Bufalino crime family and Stephen Graham as Tony Pro also both pulling their weight exceptionally.
Scorcese’s direction is, as expected, exceptional with almost every shot in the movie being full of character and emotion, which really does help to keep your interest during the mammoth length it entails. It was a real spectacle to witness in the cinema, but perhaps it is more suited to Netflix as despite it’s excellence, it really is a slog to sit through anything that long without a break.