Sam’s review published on Letterboxd:
Martin Scorsese is a highly regarded director so it comes as no surprise that The Irishman was one of the most anticipated films of the year, brought directly into our homes via Netflix this three-hour-long gangster film starring the likes of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci was unsurprisingly good.
The film is a story being told by an older Frank Sheeran (De Niro) as he tells of his experience with the Mafia, looking back to the past requires a younger-looking cast and CGI is employed. I've seen a couple of complaints but I personally thought it was great and I somewhat forgot it was there and being used.
The cast is great as expected with no a single fault to pick with any of the main, supporting or even extras. However, I feel this film is much much longer than it needed to be. It seems more like a directors cut that you'd watch if you really liked the original release, it began to drag in places that could have been cut without hurting the plot.
I saw this about a few films but this is definitely one I'm going to rewatch and I'm pretty positive it'll get a higher score the second time around.