Published: Sun, September 29, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

First Reactions To Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Tease a Potential Masterpiece

First Reactions To Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Tease a Potential Masterpiece

The unsurprising thing about these first reviews is that the movie apparently rules - it's Scorsese with Netflix money, come on now.

Aside from this, we also get a more in-depth look at the de-aging process that Scorsese has used on the main cast members.

The gangster movie, which also stars Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, will close the festival.

The three-and-a-half-hour epic tale, heading to Netflix later this year, is based on Charles Brandt's best-selling non fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses. It will then go live on Netflix on November 27.

It's told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran.

"All of us now are in an extraordinary time of change", Scorsese said.

De Niro's discussion will take place the BFI Southbank on October 11, ahead of the closing gala and the premiere of The Irishman on October 13. Robert De Niro at that age had a slightly different facial structure, even if the aging qualities of his skin were similar. For example, Pacino plays Jimmy Hoffa in the movie.

It's a big statement for the 76-year-old director.

A digitally de-aged Robert De Niro in The Irishman. While it is never overtly centered, Frank's deteriorating relationship with Peggy is the raw, open heart of the film; a scene in which Frank brutally beats up a grocer who pushed his daughter while she stands off to the side is one of the movie's standouts.

Scorsese described the intensive effects process as more than making their faces more youthful.

It all becomes a sort of muddle for a while midway, one that's not almost as compelling as the acting itself, which is largely phenomenal, frequently surprising, and often more than a little bit heartbreaking.

For more on The Irishman, check out the links below followed by the very first reactions from critics.

Pesci has acted only a handful of times in the two decades since Lethal Weapon 4.

The two-time Oscar victor stars as a mob hitman in the much-hyped movie from filmmaker Martin Scorsese, which is set to campaign this awards season.

"Finally", the director said.

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