Martin Scorsese is back in the gangster realm, and that’s reason enough to get really excited.
Add to that a Goodfellas/Casino reunion of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel also starring, and this thing can’t take our money soon enough. Indeed, Netflix could have a big one with The Irishman, a film that tells the sprawling story of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a WWII veteran, hustler and hitman who was connected to some major American turning points in the world of crime and politics.
This is one of the most expensive Scorsese film ever made. The budget reportedly swelled up to a whopping $US200 million, and a big part of that is the de-ageing CG they employed to make the leads younger (the narrative takes place over a number of decades). That visual effect has certainly improved over the years, but it still looks… off. Nevertheless, The Irishman has too many promising factors to let some strange-looking faces put us off this.
The Irishman, featuring a cast that also includes Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, and Jesse Plemons, among others, hits Netflix on November 27. In the US, in order to be eligible for the Oscars, the film will have a limited theatrical run beginning on November 1.
Synopsis for The Irishman:
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.