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NYFF Review: The Irishman

Thomas H, Long Island, Oct 2nd 2019

The New York Film Festival opened with Martin Scorsese’s return to the gangster genre The Irishman starring Robert De Niro as hitman Frank Sheeran. The film is super long at 3 and a half hours but it’s Scorsese’s best film in nearly 30 years- since Goodfellas. Joe Pesci plays the head of the Bufalino crime family, and Al Pacino is absolutely electric as the head of teamsters union, the enigmatic Jimmy Hoffa. The only critique of the film is with the CGI technology used to de-age the actors and make them look younger- it’s obviously imperfect.

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