The Irishman review – Scorsese’s sweeping tale of crime and politics

Published on Nov 10, 2019

The years roll back for De Niro, Pacino and Pesci in more senses than one in Martin Scorsese’s epic tale of fading mob glamour

It’s been almost a quarter of a century since Martin Scorsese teamed up with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci for his epic mob drama Casino. Now, thanks in part to the miracle of digital de-ageing technology, the septuagenarian trio have reunited for another sweeping tale of crime and politics, spanning six decades as it blends the episodic, adrenaline rush of GoodFellas with a rather more contemplative melancholia. Adapted by Gangs of New York co-writer Steven Zaillian from Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman chronicles the life and times of Frank Sheeran, a second world war veteran turned hitman whose story intertwines with that of notorious Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa.

Backed by Netflix, and clocking in at an expansive three-and-a-half hours,

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Author: Mark Kermode, Observer film critic