The Irishman

The Irishman ★★★½

“Yes, I would. Whatever you need me to do, I'm available.”

i think this was simply not intended for me since i’m not all that fond of mobster movies to begin with, and ultimately found myself bored out of my mind during the second half because i couldn’t bring myself to care about any of the characters, let alone their business. love to see how much people like this slow study on ageing and guilt/regrets but this was a big miss for me.

however, i can’t rate it one bit lower because Scorsese’s eye for contemplative frames and wholly revelatory images with which he discloses an entire life in all its essence is laudable and Thelma Schoonmaker deserves that next academy award nom for sure. her editing makes for so much situational comedy that i actually stayed awake till the end. actually pretty funny film in general and i almost spit out my water at some of the death cause captions 

the cast is an obvious chef’s kiss as well but as has been pointed out by others, i think it’d have profited from giving its female characters more of a voice. or at least just a little more to Anna Paquin’s character because she plays such a key role throughout this entire odyssey of Frank Sheeran’s life. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are masters of their game and this ends on such a melancholy note that it marks their professional swan song to an extent as well. De Niro was made for this.

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