During the movie’s second half, the narrative begins to rely too much on horror/thriller conventions. All the really good stuff happens before the 75-minute mark.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-27
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Aleksa Palladino, Kathrine Narducci, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Graham, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Domenick Lombardozzi
Whether seen on the big screen or a small one, "The Irishman" is among 2019’s best motion pictures and should receive its share of Oscar attention in 2020.
The filmmakers underestimate the audience’s intelligence, delivering something cartoonish and unfunny that doesn’t work as a comedy, an action/adventure spoof, or much of anything else.
Combining the two movies, there’s a clear beginning and ending, and if the latter isn’t as strong or promising as the former, at least the entire story is told.
The problem with "The Intruder," as with its antecedents, is a combination of narrative predictability and character stupidity.
The honesty with which Jewison and his cast address issues of race and bigotry gives the movie more power than the underlying crime story would suggest.
The sense of optimism never fades and we’re left with images that are more about the enduring power of love than the oppressive force of injustice.
Despite a committed performance from Mackenzie Davis, the film corkscrews into a death spiral of trite dialogue meant to obfuscate the lack of a meaningful narrative.
Gives us a chance to reconnect with characters we fell for in 2004 and discover that, although we may have aged, our affinity for them remains constant.
If there’s something less subtle than a sledgehammer, it applies here.