There’s a depressing predictability to nearly all the action scenes that saps tension and encourages boredom.
The high-energy musical numbers represent the motivation to stick with the movie when the narrative momentum flags.
A thoughtful, existential meditation about the meaning of life and what constitutes a life well-lived.
Kaufman once again reminds us that, without someone to shape the writer’s constructs, we’re destined to become stuck in a frustrating morass of eccentricity and self-indulgence.
The comedy offers a gentle reminder that it’s people not slogans that form the spinal cord of America’s democracy.
Despite a few effective “gotcha!” moments and Pegg’s performance, the movie is too artificial and undercooked to work.
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, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Stephen Graham, Jesse Plemons, Anna Paquin, Kathrine Narducci, Aleksa Palladino, 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.