After watching this film, I saw a video pop up on the Netflix home page. A video about the lead cast and the director having a casual conversation. Since Al Pacino was almost new to this gang and he was trying to know more about the veteran team. The team of Scorsese, De Niro and Pesci, who have collaborated in numerous films together before. This 23 minute video educates you a lot about how Scorsese works and how this bunch of three came together. About behind the scenes of the film. The conceptualization of the film. How it was born and a lot of other facts.
With a point which was said by Scorsese in this short video, I shall start my views on The Irishman. He approximately says that this film wasn’t made for the mass audience. It’s genre is unique. It has politics involved. It has the Mafia involved. That too, at the time of 1950’s, in United States Of America. Only a small group of audience might appreciate it or even like it. But he wanted to make it anyway because of his love for cinema.
It is based on a book called I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. It also, partially tells you about the life of Jimmy Hoffa, an American labor union leader. It took me 3 breaks on a Friday to finish this film because it actually was and it felt too long at 209 minutes. It was probably because it was being narrated by an elderly Frank Sheeran (played by Robert De Niro), on whose life the film is largely based on. It’s duration was one of the two drawbacks of the film. Second is obviously the fact that not everybody is going to try and relate to it because it’s purely American. It’s story, it’s characters and it’s locations.
What can be appreciated is the legendary direction of Martin Scorsese. The unparalleled performances of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino (as Jimmy Hoffa), Joe Pesci (as Russell Bufalino), Stephen Graham (as Anthony Tony Pro” Provenzano), Ray Romano (as Bill Bufalino) and all the supporting cast. The unprecedented cinematography by Rodrigo Preito. The wonderful music/background score by Robbie Robertson and music supervisor Randall Poster. Even the visual effects were really precise by Pablo Helman. I think visual effects directors/supervisors of Gemini Man (2019) and War (2019) should learn something from this guy.