The Irishman Review

Matthew Rodriguez, Staff Writer

The Irishman is directed by the great Martin Scorsese and written by Oscar-winning writer Steven Zaillian. The film stars Robert De Niro, as mobster Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran; Al Pacino, as Jimmy Hoffa; and Joe Pesci, as Russell Buffalino. It’s an adaptation of the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. Frank is a truck driver in the 1950s until he gets involved with Russel Buffalino, the man in charge of the Buffalino crime family. As Frank keeps working for Russel, his rank in the family becomes higher and higher until he becomes the top hitman for the family. He also works with Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who has ties with Buffalino family until his mysterious disappearance in 1975.

I saw an early screening of the Irishman two weeks before it comes out on Netflix, so I won’t spoil it, but let me just say everyone is great in the movie. Everybody gives a great performance and Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are the best they have been in a long time. Joe Pesci who briefly came out of retirement for the movie does a fantastic job and all the performances really make this movie a masterpiece. The writing is really good as well as Scorsese’s direction. Despite being a 3.5-hour movie, every bit of this movie is important. If you miss even 5 minutes , you’ll be a little lost. The score is good and fits the movie really well. The violence in the movie is really strong as well as the language, but that’s to be expected with a Martin Scorsese film. The De-Aging technology in the movie is amazing. It looks so real and it’s crazy what they’ve done with the main three in the cast. The Irishman is a masterpiece. 10/10.