The first reviews are for The Scorer by Martin Scorsese, with critics enthusiastic that it is a masterpiece and surefire contender for a whole series of Oscars.
The Irishman premiered on Friday at the New York Film Festival and finally lifted the curtain for the long-awaited opus of the director of 209 minutes.
Although the genre and cast of the film, including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, have led some to expect a gangster thriller in the form of GoodFellas or Casino, the Irishman is a more reflective, less flashy ruminant about morality, violence and American power.
Due to the aging of visual effects, the performances of De Niro, Pesci and Pacino encompass decades of the lives of their characters.
Robert De Niro (left) plays Frank Sheeran and Al Pachino (center) plays Jimmy Hoffa in the new Martin Scorcese crime drama opus The Irishman, which uses digital aging
Robert De Niro and the cast of The Irishman attend the 57th New York Film Festival
From left to right: Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel attend the premiere of The Irishman at the 57th New York Film Festival
The film's debut has surfaced like a few other events on the film calendar, and a rare frenzy has greeted it at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Ratings from critics were largely laudatory.
Variety calling it & # 39; a cold enchanting triumph & # 39; and & # 39; a stately, ominous, sighing breath & # 39 ;.
The Hollywood reporter called the length of the film a weakness but still praised & # 39; a vast gangland saga that in turn is flinty, funny and richly nostalgic. & # 39;
The New York Times says it is & # 39; Scorsese & # 39; least sentimental image of the Mafia life, and for that reason its most moving. & # 39;
Based on the 2004 book by Charles Brandt, I Heard You Paint Houses, a collection of memories of the real figure Frank & # 39; The Irishman & # 39; Sheeran, the film has been developing for more than ten years.
It plays De Niro as Sheeran, a mafia assassin and senior Teamster official.
Shortly before his death, the real Sheeran confessed to killing Jimmy Hoffa (played here by Pacino) – a confession still under discussion, with the official disappearance of Hoffa unsolved.
Pesci plays the Mafia boss Russell Bufalino, who takes care of Sheeran.
Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino (left) and Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran (right) in The Irishman
Ray Ramano (Bill Bufalino), Al Pacino (Jimmy Hoffa) and Robert De Niro (Frank Sheeran) can be seen in a still from the new movie The Irishman
Joe Pesci plays the Mafia boss Russell Bufalino, who takes care of Sheeran
The Irishman investigates Sheeran's long life in crime. But where GoodFellas was glamorous, The Irishman is sober.
The new film also suggests that the crowd played a role in the murder of John F. Kennedy, with a character who said at some point: & If they can slap a president, they can slap the president of a union. & # 39;
The film is one of Netflix's biggest bets so far. It will be broadcast exclusively in theaters from November 1, before being released on November 27 on the streaming platform.
Netflix dropped $ 159 million to earn The Irishman after other studios passed. Scorsese said in a Q&A alongside cast and producers that Netflix was the only one who wanted to bank the film.
& # 39; We could not get support for years & # 39 ;, Scorsese said. & # 39; It's a costly experiment, but (Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos) and everyone at Netflix was like: & # 39; We agree. & # 39;
Scorsese called his film & # 39; an interesting hybrid & # 39 ;, because both something was made for theaters and for watching at home.
& # 39; We're all in an extraordinary time of change now & # 39 ;, Scorsese said. & # 39; But when it came to it, I felt – Bob (De Niro) felt – the photo had to be made for ourselves. & # 39;
Director Martin Scorsese attends the premier of The Irishman at the 57th New York Film Festival
Scorcese, 76, said that Netflix was the only studio willing to pay the costs for the epic film
It is a big statement for the 76-year-old director. Scorsese and his producers provided some impressive statistics about the scope of the film: 108 days of shooting, 117 locations, 309 scenes.
The ambitious size of The Irishman is part of what drove other studios, along with the expensive aging process used to make De Niro, Pesci and Pacino appear years younger in important parts of the film. Nine cameras were used to film those scenes.
Scorsese initially did a screen test and compared his digitally modified De Niro with the De Niro from GoodFellas. When the actor, 76, saw himself getting older, he joked that he could extend his career for another 30 years.
Scorsese described the intensive effect process as more than making their faces more youthful.
& # 39; It's not just about noses and computer images, it's about posture, it's about movement, it's about blurring the eyes, & # 39; said Scorsese, noting that he had to give the Niro instructions, such as reminding him to get up from a chair & # 39; like you're 49. & # 39;
For many, the biggest excitement about The Irishman is that Scorsese and De Niro are back together for the first time since the 1995 casino.
Pesci has only acted a handful of times in the two decades since Lethal Weapon 4.
And although many assume that they have made several films together, this is the first Scorsese film with Pacino.
& # 39; Finally, & # 39; said the director.
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