Jordan Cuthbert’s review published on Letterboxd:
This was way too good. I mean it's Martin Scorsese back in the gangster/mob arena, directing Robert De Niro, Jo Pesci, Harvey Keitel again, and for the first time, Al Pacino.
It had all the makings to be something great, and especially with its length (a mere three and a half hours) the chance to tell the story at it's own pace and with alot of depth.
I'm please to report that Scorsese didn't just make something great, he made something very special indeed and it certainly belongs in the same league as his other mobster epics, such as 'Casino' and 'Goodfellas'.
Narrative driven, 'The Irishman' echoes the previous films I mentioned in terms of it's narrative structure, with Robert De Niro taking the reigns as the narrator and telling his version of the events that took place in the film.
This works incredibly well and I always feel so captivated and enticed by Scorsese's way of telling a story.
Scorsese grips you right from the off and takes you with him on this gargantuan journey, with no compromises and in complete control of his vision.
I felt very emotional through several periods of the film as it dawned on me that this may be the last time we ever see any of these legendary actors being directed by someone like Marty. It's a privilege and a gift from the cinematic god's that we have The Irishman, and that there are still films like this being made on this scale with this level of detail and scope.
Long live cinema!