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The Irishman Preview: An epic mob journey through the eyes of Martin Scorsese2 min read

According to most film magazines, The Irishman is amazing. Here’s a quick preview for the movie, which released on November 1.

In one life, Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran (Robert De Niro) was a labour union high official. In the other, he worked as a hitman, having learned his skills throughout the second world war in Italy.

Looking back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career, he starts to reminisce about his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, who mysteriously vanished in July 1975. Sheeran particularly fixates on the part he played in Hoffa’s disappearance, who also happened to be the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Based on a true story and directed by Martin Scorsese, the film brings big names like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci to our screens for a follow-up success to mob films Casino and Goodfellas.

It’s bound to be good.

With De Niro playing yet another mob hitman, it’s no surprise that every famous film magazine, from the likes of Hollywood Reporter to Vulture, praises this film as a “gift for cinephiles”.

An unflinching, entertaining and unexpectedly morose story of regret, the de-ageing tech has awarded it one a half thumbs up, adding that it leaves De Niro looking a bit like a dead-eyed shark at times.

Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney is full of praise, stating that the “melancholy sense of looking back pervades the best parts of The Irishman […] Martin Scorsese, reunites with his most totemic screen actor to tell a sprawling gangland saga that’s by turns flinty, amusing, richly nostalgic and rueful.

But Vulture’s David Edelstein has expressed otherwise.

Stating that the de-aged faces “don’t always match the voices and bodies”, he does withstand that Pesci’s performance is otherwise magnificent. Adding that his acting is “hypersensitive to other peoples’ rhythms”, Edelstein “thanks the gods of acting that he came out of retirement to do this.”

No worries for those of you who don’t have Netflix! With the film having been successfully admitted to cinemas this coming year, Scorsese’s masterpiece is without a doubt in the running for an Oscar nomination.

Watch the trailer below:

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