Hello people!!! This is me ThatOneKid. How are you all doing???? I hope you all are fine, I’m doing okay. My school has reopened. Honestly, it’s been a rough couple of months. I didn’t post anything for quite some time now because of some personal reasons. COVID really screwed us over, I’ll give you that. All I wanna do right now is go to India. I honestly don’t care how I get there or how miserable the trip is. I just wanna go. Anyway, we’re not here to discuss my woes. There are few films that I think everyone must watch; The Irishman is one such film.
Right from Goodfellas to Casino; Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci have been a marvelous team; a literal All-Star team. Even though Al Pacino didn’t do a film with them until much later, he was always a partner in the team. We saw the collaboration of a lifetime unveil in 2019; The Irishman. The movie’s cast itself gives you the vibe that this movie is Haley’s Comet; it’s not gonna happen again. Robert De Niro plays the character of the protagonist; Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. We’ve seen him do all kinds of characters over the years but this one is certainly different. The Irishman is based on a true story if you didn’t know. Martin Scorsese has built an intriguing anti-hero through Frank Sheeran. I love this movie, I know for a fact that there are a lot of people out there who do too but if you don’t like Scorsese movies; you won’t find this very interesting.
The movie has all the Scorsese trademarks; it’s told through the eyes of the protagonist, there are violent scenes with cheerful music in the background and all the other trademarks. Al Pacino plays Jimmy Hoffa; the president of the Teamsters workers union. Al Pacino has done an excellent job playing the character. It’s a nuanced role played with the utmost perfection. I can’t think of a person more felicitous for the role. Same goes for De Niro. He has masterfully played the role of Frank Sheeran. The character is quite stoic. De Niro has beautifully exhibited the character’s approach to life. Joe Pesci plays Russel Buffalino; a charismatic Italian-American mobster. This is the first time I’ve seen Joe Pesci play a character that’s calm and articulate. Normally, he plays flamboyant characters that leave an ever-lasting effect on the viewer. This character; though not flamboyant; has proven to be just as remarkable.
The screenplay in this movie is nothing less than a work of a genius; the correlation between one dialogue and an entire scene is staggering. There are few scenes in the movie that have very few dialogues, but you know what’s going on there. An example of such a scene from another Scorsese movie is from Goodfellas when Jimmy Conway says “You insulted him a lil bit” and then Billy Batts refutes it, Jimmy says “Okay” and that’s all he says but we all knew through that “Okay” that Batts was gonna get whacked. Scorsese has the rare talent of composing a scene where his actors say a lot without talking much. You might find this perplexing, but you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen any Scorsese movie. The Irishman is one of the movies that you won’t think much of until you watch it. It’s an excellent movie that you MUST watch. I know I’ve written extensively about the storyline of movies, but this is one such movie that you’ll enjoy only while watching it, mainly because it’s told from the protagonist’s point of view. I really hope you watch it. It’s available on Netflix. That’s all for today. Stay safe people.