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Mark Suszko
The Irishman
on Dec 6, 2019 at 1:38:06 am

Martin Scorsese riffs on Coppola but with his own signature tracking shots, moody framings and music cues, and it's a delightful three hour master class on making a perfect Mob Movie. The stable of actors picked from his entire oeuvre' is a who-'s who from the genre, but here they approach the script with a craft honed by decades of work inhabiting similar characters and the maturity leads to levels of nuance that are just transcendent. Could all deeze guyz, Marty included, have done this movie as well, a decade earlier? I'd submit it still would have been good, but not *as* good. it's neat how digital makeup and de-aging can let a laster actor really show their mature talents to effect, playing a younger part with the insight of age.

It's good to see Scorsese being given his head a little more and really articulating his own vision with less interference. If Mean Streets was shorthand, this is an essay in long hand that takes all the time it needs to breathe and establish character, setting, plot. It doesn't feel like three hours. it feels like you lived the lead character's life with him.

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