The Irishman is, as Mr Martin Scorseses films always are, a look behind the curtain at the gangster milieu and how the actions of some, on behalf of the interests of a few, can influence society.
It is a masterful and enlightening film that paints a picture of how both Jimmy Hoffa and John F. Kennedy became victims of their ties to The Mob.
But for all it’s grandiose historical context, this is mainly the story of Frank Sheeran (Ed’s long lost dad?), the notorious Fixer who claims that he killed Jimmy Hoffa.
Scorsese tells the story from the point of view of Sheeran (played by Robert De Niro), the titular Irish born character. He is shown to be a seemingly mild mannered truck driver who is shown to have a loving family and a rather mundane seeming life… until one chance meeting with Joe Pesci’s Russell Bufalino sets him on a course that ultimately leads to him becoming the personal fixer of none other than James Riddle Hoffa himself (played by Al Pacino.)
Its a sprawling film in the image of The Godfather & Goodfellas that puts us on the ground and at the table during both the hushed conversations & the violent altercations.
It paints the picture of the people behind the legend and opens the curtain to remind us how loyalty is maintained, trust is betrayed and how we all ultimately pay for our sins. One way or another.
Interestingly enough, The Irishman is also the first film project where Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino work together in their storied careers. Hopefuly it wont be the last.
Its a well shot, well acted & well directed film that makes a case for both what Scorsese meant in his critique of Marvel & why Netflix is a game changer.
Download the Netflix app on your smartphone or pc and watch The Irishman.