Cinemaster Score: 9.5/10
Martin Scorsese is without a doubt one of the most prolific and well-renowned directors of all time. His work is seen as some of the most iconic in cinematic history, and his impact on the landscape of film is undeniable. That’s why when the announcement came along that The Irishman – a film that would have a cast filled with the likes of Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino – was coming, many were very excited to say the least. After having seen it multiple times, that excitement was certainly well-deserved. The performances of these iconic actors is something truly jaw-dropping to witness, but the overall excellence of the sprawling cast involved is simply remarkable. Of course, many will draw comparisons between The Irishman and Goodfellas (another Scorcese classic). In many ways the two films are very similar. However, what sets The Irishman apart is its ability to balance a story spanning decades while also trying to entertain an audience over the course of three and a half hours. It does so with some of the most memorable scenes put to screen this year. The Irishman manages to run through a gauntlet of myriad emotions and styles throughout its lengthy run time and, in doing so, ensures there are never any dull moments. Even in scenes of quiet reflection and occasional silence, it is made impactful by the stunning direction, acting, and camerawork. If The Irishman should be applauded for anything, it should be for its extreme ambition and the consistent level of quality it maintains throughout the movie. The Irishman is a stellar return to form for Martin Scorsese and a beautifully crafted crime drama that will stay in our minds for many years.