Netflix has once again managed to create something unthinkable. Gather one of the most important directors in history, give him enough space and money to gather the 3 greatest living actors for this kind of film. 3 Italian Americans who have made the history of cinema and who will live forever in the history of cinema. Martin Scorsese signs yet another masterpiece. The Irishman brings together 3 pillars of cinema, no longer very young but still able to dictate law and teach acting to everyone. Joey Pesci, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are monumental in this twilight gangster movie that takes us back several decades to tell us about the genesis and consequences of one of the darkest misdeeds in the history of the United States of America: the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. And it is precisely a monumental Al Pacino who plays the boss of the union, the one who in those years was portrayed as the most powerful man in America, second only to the president. His ties with the underworld are here represented and embodied by 2 very different figures but united by a deep sense of loyalty to Jimmy and to all those who in some way were considered family. Joey Pesci celebrates his career with a stunning performance. His Russ Bufalino is the manifesto of the calm, calm and ruthless mafia boss but integral to the values he expresses. Frank Sheeran, the Irishman of the title, is played by a colossal Robert De Niro who appears young and fit in the first part of the film, mature in the middle and old in the final part and in various flashbacks. Yet another giant test of the Italian-American actor. The film is very long but never boring. It seems to be the summa of all Scorsese's poetics. An exceptional collage of his best films, which has fallen into the genre that most belongs to him and that has given him the most satisfaction. We are already talking about Oscar. The competition will be ruthless but it would be nice to see Scorsese, De Niro, Al Pacino and Pesci raise at least a couple of prestigious statuettes. It would be a well-deserved seal on their incredible careers.
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