There are few movies in which reality far exceeds fiction and, on some rare occasions, it serves to highlight what we did not even know some realities were true. Today we are going to talk about The Irishman, the latest Martin Scorsese movie, which apparently has only dared to finance Netflix. The total cost has been 150 million dollars. Watch it online and judge if it is evident or not.
To begin with, the paradox that the vilified platform that supposedly moves the public away from the commercial halls has been the one that has been illuminated a purely cinematographic project and also thought to be seen on the big screen and with a good sound... Something similar to what happened with Rome, without going any further, and that highlights Netflix's willingness to finance author cinema.
Three hours and the media serve us to address the figure of Frank Sheeran, a World War II veteran whose expertise ended up serving the mafia as a scammer and hitman. He presents himself as an old man and recounting his perimeter from the innocence of the beginnings of his civil life, being a humble carrier, to his gradual progress in the world that would lead him to be close with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the powerful head of the truck drivers' union that was in the prison under the underworld, due to the information he treasured about the participation of the mafia in the assassination of United States President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas.
The Irishman does not stay in the outline of a simple man, with very well-defined motivations (obtaining money to feed his family and return favors those who know he will have to have sooner or later), deepen and much in the idiosyncrasy of everything. The clan, its codes of honor, in a way of doing things and incidentally, wraps the film in a true halo of nostalgia.
The book by Charles Brandt "Jimmy Hoffa. Closed Case: The Power of the American mafia", whose original title "I Heard You Paint Houses", serves as the basis for the script, as the first thread that will throw the whole plot by introducing the slang itself of the gangsters of the time. Because, of course, "painting houses" has nothing to do with giving them a small hand of paint, but it refers to spreading the blood of the poor devil to whom the parade touches. Watch it now to find out what it really means.
Attending the theme of the film, it is clear that The Irishman has drawn a lot of attention given that it is a return for Scorsese after One of Ours, Casino, and Gangs of New York, being the first the closest one in spirit and shape to this adaptation.
But it also has its fetish actor, Robert De Niro, accompanied by an excellent Al Pacino and an even better Joe Pesci, worthy of the Oscar for his masterful interpretation of Russell Bufalino, the mentor of Sicilian origin of Sheeran whose will prevailed in Pennsylvania between 1959 and 1989. And pay attention to the secondary ones, because not few faces of the Boardwalk Empire series also meet in The Irishman: Bobby Cannavale, Stephen Graham, and Jack Huston, together with other actors such as Jesse Plemons or Anna Paquin in addition to Welker White, in the role of Hoffa's wife,
Chapeu for the work of Steven Zaillian, winner of the Oscar for The Schindler List, who has put our hair back on its ends. Stay with this: watch it now because despite its flaws it is an amazing experience.