I watched a The Irishman yesterday. It took a while - I started it at around noon and finished at 11 p.m. (we had a power failure for several hours!), so it made the already-long movie seem even longer. But I liked it, even though I’m not a fan of gangster movies. It was so interesting to see all those familiar faces! I think they hired every actor who has ever played a gangster or hit man before, or even just looks or sounds like a gangster or hit man. When I finally recognized Harvey Keitel, I was almost expecting Whoopi Goldberg to show up dressed as a nun! Ha!
I didn’t have a problem with women’s roles in the movie. The story was being narrated by Robert De Niro’s character, so yes, he was mainly clued out about what was happening with the women in his life. There was one scene, though, that really rang true for me - when he finds out that the grocer had pushed his young daughter and so goes down there to beat him up. Recently, my sister had been complaining about a new doctor that wasn’t listening to her and had been rude to her. My father interrupted her and said “What’s his name? Don’t worry - I’ll take care him!” Fortunately, we calmed him down and my sister assured him that she had been exaggerating. But I still wonder what on earth he had been planning to do to that doctor! My father is 85 years old!! Ha!
I watched it. It's an epic compendium of classic Scorsese's mob movies but with a much more melancholic view of life. The detail of showing a written description of how the characters we are seeing on screen died is, of course, a message about how the crime doesn't pay but most poignantly about how we all will disappear and being forgotten sooner or later. This becomes clearer when at the end we see how the "survivors" didn't exactly did better and are tormented not just by regret but also by ailments, ancianity and loneliness (
I love how when the very old De Niro is interrogated at the end and he names his lawyer and he is told he is gone, he quickly ask "who did it?" Just to be told that it was cancer!
. Then there is the scene with the nurse not knowing who Hoffa was. Even him ("more famous than Elvis in the 50s and than The Beatles in the 60") is forgotten!
So at the end it becomes a reflection about death and legacy.
About the question of favorite performance by the old guys, I have to go with Al Pacino! I know it's cool nowadays to claim subtle controlled acting is superior (with critics sometimes, not here, applauding frankly people who aren't capable of any facial expression at all!) but some characters aren't supposed to be subtle or controlled guys! Hoffa was the difficult role because he was a charismatic and energetic leader. A force of nature! And Pacino easily achieve those characteristics! Pesci and De Niro are great as more passive guys. Some people think this is new for Pesci because he is known for his explosive role in Goodfellas but there is something of his character in Casino here. De Niro plays a cold guy who always do what his superiors tell him to do. He isn't brilliant nor charismatic nor anything, he is just a guy who obey orders.
And talking about being energetic, Pacino is the only one who kinds of moves as a younger man. The age of the actors is pretty obvious in their bodies! But Pacino is just unstoppable!
From the young actors, I loved or more exactly hated Stephen Graham! What a bastard! His rivalry with Hoffa is funny and scary in equal parts!
Anna Paquin and the little girl who played her in her childhood are just great (in a subtle character) as the moral conscience of the film. The scene of the terrified girl seeing how his father "defended" her beating that guy is the antithesis of the teenager seeing with glee the mobs beating the innocent mailman for him in Goodfellas! She lost all respect for his father and worst, she learns to be afraid of him and his friends. Her silence is in some way, relevant to the plot. She doesn't say anything because what can she say to those men!
He is pretty young and Anglo-Saxon. He was a child actor so his acting ambitious born from his parents wishes. It’s not like he loved cinema and dreamed to do films with great filmmakers.It is possible that neither him or his family were into foreign art cinema.
He is also very sincere and transparent. Remember that interview alongside BC when he thought Drag Race was a car race? BC in a very funny and paternalistic way had to explain him that it was about Drag Queens! Poor guy! I don’t think he is being malicious but it’s pretty funny!
EDITED It also fit with his image of a pure naive guy without pretentiousness nor, well, too much culture!
His father is a comedian and his mother, a photographer, tho. Still, maybe they didn’t were into Spanish cinema!Lol
”I mean, you can also ask Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jr or Scarlett Johansson — people who have made the kinds of movies that are ‘Oscar-worthy’ and also made superhero movies — and they will tell you that they’re the same, just on a different scale. And there’s less Spandex in ‘Oscar movies.’”
Why do they keep asking directors what they think of Marvel movies? And why are they asking Marvel actors what they think of what those directors say? The media is clearly trying to stir up trouble and get quotes for their headlines. TH gave a good answer, and that should put a stop to that stupid question.