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, 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.