Upon first hearing of Martin Scorsese’s new movie The Irishman, most people were thrilled. The Cast looked excellent as usual. The topic was in his wheelhouse. Most importantly though it was a Netflix movie! Everyone could watch it at home! The rare time it combines cost, comfort, and flexibility all at once. However, a lot of people cooled on it once it was revealed it would be 209 minutes long (3 hours, 29 mins). Despite that run time, this movie still has a lot of juice to it for critics and fans alike.
After watching it though, this movie is a really strong entry into the Scorsese filmography. The Irishman delivers a great story to fans and historians. This movie also does a great job, per usual, with casting as the main parts are filed with iconic actors Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. All of whom have a history of connecting with parts in this genre of movie.
One thing about the movie that you will notice almost instantly is the de-aging that people have mentioned in regards to the movie. The process was pretty smooth and looked pretty solid overall. It really works well in the movie allowing De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci to take part in the whole movie, which delivers the chemistry and flow the movie deserves. Despite that, the de-aging (as should be expected) was not perfect. The eyes of all the character who were de-aged were all glowing rather oddly in a chunk of scenes. It is especially noticeable and odd in De Niro.