Usually, three people can keep a secret only when two of them are dead. “The Irishman” (2019)

directed by Martin Scorsese
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Yes, I’m one of those people who managed to watch this 3,5h production by Martin Scorsese. And if you haven’t heard of it, no, I didn’t make a mistake. It’s actually t-h-r-e-e and a h-a-l-f hours long. I needed some tea breaks, but I’ve seen every single minute of it. Brave me. And if you’re wondering whether it’s worth seeing, I need to say… Sort of. Why am I recommending it then? Or why didn’t I wait till the 13th to unrecommend it? Be patient. First, I need to tell you what’s all about. So the main character is Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) who is already a senior living in a nursery home. He tells us about his life as a hitman for Mafia. The whole film presents his work with Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and later with Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Those were actual people, so if you don’t know them, you can always google the names, but shortly – one was an American-Italian mafioso and the second one was the leader of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (labor union). What else to say? Generally I find this film too long and slightly boring. I’m familiar with Scorsese’s style and I knew what kind of film it would be. But still, it wasn’t the Scorsese we all admire. Perhaps it’s because of the age difference and I will appreciate this production more when I’m 70. But I’m sure that some of you might be disappointed about it. Still, I’d like to recommend it, because of two things. Or even three, but I have a “but” about the third one. First, acting. Those three gentlemen are true icons and their work as actors shouldn’t be even questioned. They are magnificent. Second, the way they presented ageing. Especially the parts when Frank is already an elder and despite everything he’s done in his life, he’s this weak man waiting for death. There’s something spectacular about those last scenes. And third, visual effects. All the three actors are over 70, but they needed to play a bit younger fellas. That’s why the producers used the magic of CGI – “youthification.” It’s actually impressive, especially when you see how they look in real life now. And here comes my “but”: De Niro has those fake blue eyes in the film. And they look horrible. You know, to really get into the reality of the film, you need to “believe” the actors. And I couldn’t believe him because of this awfully artificial colour of his eyes. Maybe it’s just my thing, but I still appreciate the work and I’m thankful for bringing those 3 amazing men to the screen again.

My rating: 6/10
S.

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