The Irishman sees the return of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to the gangster movie. Where it’s based on the book: I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt but with a run time of 209 minutes is it worth the watch?
The Irishman starts off with Frank Sheeran played by Robert De Niro in a wheelchair at his nursing home and he relives his life from when he became a hitman for a crime syndicate spanning from the 1950s to the late 1970s for the most part. The stand out character as you’d expect is De Niro he makes these type of characters look easy to play. Along with some interesting effects to make him look younger and older than what he is being well done. It always amazes me when you see De Niro in these types of roles how well they can age him to whatever age he needs to be.
The plot itself, however, was really well done and although it has a few rough edges, for the most part, I hadn’t realised I had been sat there for 3 and half hours watching this movie, considering the lack of action in this movie this was a welcome surprise. Not to say there wasn’t any action there was, but as Mafia-style movie this day an age you have come expect more violence and more action as opposed to drama and dialogue which is what this movie is more about.
Overall I would give The Irishman 4/5 I enjoyed the movie even though in places it seemed to slow down and felt its length but in others, you’d been watching for longer than you’d thought. What the movie did do well though is instead of just going through the events of what happened in Frank’s life it did well in capturing why they happened and how each character felt about doing what they did. At some points, you could really tell how conflicted the people were with what had to be done v do they want to do it.