Martin Scorsese, the undoubted king of the gangster genre returns to home territory with this sprawling story of Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, a key figure in the American mafia.
Based on the 2004 memoir I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, and presented through the prism of Sheeran’s (Robert De Niro) memories of his criminal past, the film uses state-of-theart visual effects to ‘de-age’ the cast from their 70s through their 30s. The seamless postproduction allows Scorsese to bring together a favoured megawatt cast, all on exceptional form: the former Goodfellas pairing of De Niro and Joe Pesci (out of retirement here for Scorsese), alongside Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano. Al Pacino, appearing for the first time in a Scorsese film, gives a performance as Jimmy Hoffa so good you’ll want to watch scenes again straight away, not least the many two-handers with Pacino’s Hoffa and De Niro’s Irishman Sheeran, whose friendship forms the heart of the film.
A story of complex men at all ages of their lives, from recruitment into the mob to last days. See this brilliant, long-awaited passion project from one of the saints of cinema on the big screen.