Oscar Optimization 2020 (#6 of 9) The Irishman (2019) – Encore Review

Since it’s been nearly a while since I watched most of the Oscar Best Picture Nominated movies, I decided to rewatch all 9 of them and reevaluate my thoughts on these films.  I am rewatching them in no particular order.  Here are my Optimized thoughts on The Irishman (2019) :

“So What? That’s what you want from a Number Two. You don’t want somebody too smart. You want a nice guy. People like him, you know. Not dumb, but somebody you know you can have walking behind you without getting knifed.” – Jimmy Hoffa

Number of Times Seen – 2 (28 Nov 2019 and 4 Feb 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – An aging gangster reflects on his life of crime and how it affects him in his old age.

My Take on it – This was a film that has been hyped for over a year as being one of Martin Scorsese’s masterpieces.

This is actually his longest film and it truly is another great mafia epic by this talented film maker.

Unfortunately, despite this, the movie fails to bring enough fresh and innovative things to the genre and it feels like a lesser version of some of his better work.

The run time of this film is 3 and a half hours, yet the story is so comprehensive and rich with characters that it never feels boring at all along the way.

This is also one of the film’s flaws due to the fact that since there are so many minor characters, it is often more difficult to keep track of who each of them are.

The main cast of the film is spectacular.

Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino all do wonderful jobs here and show that even after being in the industry for so many years, they still have what it takes.

The story’s biggest problem is that they try too hard to tell a story that covers too many decades of history and something constantly feels missing along the way.

The story is based on the memoirs of one of the main characters but since parts cannot be corroborated, we need to believe that this is the truth which is problematic.

The story has an epic feel to it the whole way through and the way that they introduce some of these characters is done in a way that helps make it more interesting to watch unfold.

This movie has been in the middle of the whole debate between theatrical releases vs Netflix style releases.

Both sides have some very valid points but the backlash that this film has endured is rumored to have hurt it immensely since there is a chance that it might go 0-10 on Sunday night.

This will be a heavy blow for all of those associated with the film and also for those advocating Netflix style releases.

Bottom Line – Another great gangster epic by Scorsese but unfortunately fails to really bring anything new to the table. The story is long yet never feels boring because it tries to be so comprehensive in all that it does. The cast is spectacular and De Niro, Pesci, Pacino all give us great performances (as usual).  The biggest problem with this film is the fact that it tries to tell a story over too many decades and something feels missing along the way. The story itself is based on real events, but since parts of the film cannot be corroborated, we will have to take their word for it which also is a slight strike against it.  Scorsese is able to give us an epic feel for this story while also introducing us to new characters who are intriguing to meet.  This film have been part of the big debate over theatrical releases vs Netflix releases and both sides of the argument have great points, but this film has received lots of backlash due to it being a Netflix film and might make it go 0-10 on Oscar night which would be quite a blow both for those associated with the movie and for those advocating the Netflix style of film making.  Recommended!

Oscar Best Picture Worthy? – Yes. The scope of this film is great and despite its flaws, it still will be among the best films ever made in this genre.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Netflix’s financial backing of this project has had some serious side effects with regards to its theatrical release. Due to Netflix’s demands that the film be available on home streaming 30 days after the theatrical release, almost all of the major cinema chains in the U.S., Europe, and many other territories were unwilling to show it, as this breaks the minimum 90-day theatre to home viewing “gentleman’s agreement” that the cinema chains and distributors have been working with for years. The major chains–like AMC in the U.S., Hoyts in Australia, Event in New Zealand, and Odeon and Cineworld in the U.K.– did not believe that they would have sufficient time to recoup their outlay. In many countries, the film has been shown theatrically only by small, independent cinemas and art house chains (such as Curzon in the UK). While the big chains have previously snubbed certain films for various reasons–and thus seriously hurt their box office potential–this is probably the most high profile and critically lauded film to which this has happened. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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