A lengthy, repetitive film that summarizes everything director Martin Scorsese has done in his glorious past.
Nothing, and I mean nothing, happens in Scorsese’s The Irishman that will surprise you. The great performances of Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci hold your attention far more than the substance of the film. Mafia thugs kill other mafia thugs as the survivors either die in prison or in a nursing home.
While Joe Pesci is a standout playing Russell Bufalino, The Irishman’s version of Don Corleone, Mr. DeNiro has never been better as he plays Frank Sheeran, Bufalino’s hit man. Unfortunately, the performance of Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa is tragically one dimensional. Sadly, his infamous union leader is all bark with very little bite.
These three great actors are in nearly every scene, which allows this lengthy film of 3 hours and 30 minutes to win far more critical praise than audience enthusiasm.