The Irishman has Martin Scorsese’s signature all over it. Netflix has done a huge favour to themselves by securing rights to what probably is the best film of the year. What this epic ensemble of the cast has achieved is divine in every sense. I agree the film is a bit slow in pace, but the script demanded these lengths.
The CGI of the film is excellent, and it was Martin Scorsese’s decision not to de-age the eyes of the leading actors. He wanted their intensity to reflect in the eyes no matter the age. Words fail me when I think about how the genius of performance is by the Trio of De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci. These three were born to play Frank Sheeran, Jimmy Hoffa, and Russ respectively. I could feel the weight of guilt myself in the phone call scene (You will know what I’m talking about when you watch it).
The direction and cinematography of The Irishman will probably win a record number of awards, and I am hopeful that Martin Scorsese will probably win his second Oscar. The background score is a whole another topic to discuss as it fits like a glove with Scorsese’s directing style.
Let me be clear why The Irishman is so good. It is not a work of a year or two that was put in the making. It is the work of a lifetime of learning and practising your craft. No other director or actor would have performed so naturally unless they had a career like Pacino, De Niro, and Scorsese. I hope they never retire.