The Irishman

The Irishman ★★★

A retread--not a culmination--of Martin Scorsese's gangster opuses (opi??). While films such as GOODFELLAS and CASINO are widely praised as masterpieces, I've always found them technically glorious, but largely empty glamorizations of ethnic violence without the spiritual energy that informed his legitimately great early films, MEANS STREET and RAGING BULL. Unfortunately THE IRISHMAN falls in line with the GOODFELLA'S ethos. It's an old man's film, at its best with a little bit of wisdom and maturity and the assuredness of a filmmaker and cast of professionals who could do this kind of thing in their sleep. I believe that Scorsese has one more great film in him, but despite recent efforts, he hasn't made it yet.