Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Irishman

New Year's eve, Sharon, Tom and I watched the Irishman on Netflix. It received 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Pacino and Pesci, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Irishman (also titled onscreen as I Heard You Paint Houses) is an American epic crime film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. It stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci with Ray Romano and Harvey Keitel in supporting roles.

The film follows Frank Sheehan (De Niro), a truck driver who becomes a hitman involved with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and his crime family. Sheehan ends up working for the powerful Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

Scenes were filmed with a custom three-camera rig to help facilitate the extensive de-aging digital effects that made De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci appear younger in many of the film's flashbacks. With a production budget of $159 million and a runtime of 209 minutes, it is among the most expensive and longest films of Scorsese's career.

I enjoyed the Irishman more than Sharon. I am fascinated by the fact that it is based on a nonfiction book. At more than 3 1/2 hours, it is very long. We watched about half the movie, stopped and had a leisurely dinner, and then finished the movie. In spite of the length, it never really seemed like it lagged. Unlike Roma last New Year's eve, Tom was even able to stay awake through the whole movie... Although The Irishman currently has the same odds as Once upon a Time in Hollywood to win the Oscar for best picture, I don't think that it will win.

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