Hitman Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family.Hitman Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family.Hitman Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family.
Is 'The Irishman' Scorsese's Longest Film?
Frank Sheeran is recounting his old days when he was a hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The movie is based on the book "I heard you paint houses" by Charles Brandt and revolves a lot around the suspicious disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.
The story is quite intricate and might require a second viewing for full appreciation. There are a lot of characters to remember but the story is always entertaining and thrilling. "The Irishman" deals a lot with sentimental subjects such as nostalgia and regret which few other gangster dramas do.
The technology which was used to make the actors look younger is surprisingly great. But despite their best efforts to make the actors look younger, it is clear that they are not that young by looking at their movement. They move like 80-year-olds when they are supposed to be 50.
Robert De Niro who plays Frank Sheeran does a terrific job. His narration adds a lot to the film. Al Pacino was also exceptional as Jimmy Hoffa. The most incredibly played character is that of Russel Bufalino, played by Joe Pesci.
Pesci usually plays unpredictable, loud, and violent characters. But Russel Bufalino is different. In "The Irishman" Al Pacino's Hoffa is the hothead whereas Bufalino is the voice of reason. Russel Bufalino is a very powerful man, but he's reluctant to use his power. Bufalino prefers diplomacy over violence, resulting in one of the most restrained (and best) performances of Pesci.
The cast alone should be your reason to watch this movie. It is a must-see and expertly crafted masterpiece. It is a great piece of filmmaking with some of the best performances of 2019. It is sad watching these legends getting older and knowing that one of these movies will be the last. Let us enjoy it while we can.
- Nov 26, 2021