After a long and winding road to the making and eventual release of The Irishman, the latest film from iconic director Martin Scorsese is finally here and early reviews are saying it’s Scorsese’s best since Goodfellas.
Featuring the equally legendary trio of Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino, The Irishman may be the one last hurrah for that generation of stars, and if the early reviews are any indication, the film is more than a worthy farewell.
Currently sitting at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, The Irishman is Scorsese’s best-reviewed film since Goodfellas, topping both Casino (80% critic score) and Best Picture winner The Departed (91% critic score).
Peter Travers at Rolling Stone says of Scorsese’s latest crime epic:
“Prepare for fireworks. With this unmissable crime epic, you’ll be watching Scorsese at the peak of his powers directing acting giants De Niro, Pacino and Pesci and creating the movie event of the year.”
Brian Truitt at USA Today gave a similarly glowing review, saying:
“Since 1973’s “Mean Streets,” Scorsese has proven over and over to be a master of the gangster film, and “The Irishman” has everything a crime lover would want, from violence and tension to an intriguing mundaneness.”
Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune agreed, saying the film “moves forward and backward and sideways, getting more unpredictable and compelling as it goes.”
In addition to the legendary trio of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, The Irishman will also star Harvey Keitel, Jesse Plemons, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, and Sebastian Maniscalco.
The Irishman will hit select theaters in the United States on Friday, November 1 before eventually being released on Netflix on Wednesday, November 27.
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