Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano
This is a movie that I have waited for a long time, they announced this project since 2014 more or less and finally we got the film.
The movie follows Frank Sheeran as he slowly enters the mob and how he ended up working with Jimmy Hoffa. This is based on true events but based on Frank Sheeran’s account of them as he told his story to Charles Brandt for a book he released as “I heard you paint houses”. Some have said that his account matches things like forensic evidence and others say that it doesn’t.
This is Martin Scorsese in the genre where he is best at, the mafia films. The style of film from the settings and the sounds reminded of Goodfellas. The film is really long but I must say I enjoyed every minute of it and did not mind the length of the picture. It was amazing to see how technology made the actors young again and that allowed them to play the characters at different ages instead of maybe having different actors. I knew of Hoffa and that he disappeared but nothing else, so it was interesting to see how Kennedy played a role in the story as well as other characters. Joe Gallo, I knew of because of a Dylan song and he is portrayed in the film.
They have made three films together, two where they appear together on screen, but the last one they did (Righteous kill) was not that great, Heat of course was a great film. So, seeing Al Pacino and Robert De Niro together on screen again was great and especially in a film as good as this one. It was great to see Pacino on top of his game again after not getting roles in good films, not including HBO films he made. He was perfect in this film, he showed why he is one of the best actors of all time. De Niro was also great, especially in the final scenes as an old man getting ready to die. Joe Pesci was also great in this film, he has not made a movie in a while so it was good seeing him again. The movie had a very good cast with Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin (although she had few lines) and Ray Romano.
I don’t know how the nominations will go, but I think both Pesci and Pacino deserve nominations for supporting actors and De Niro for best actor. I would love for Pacino to win if he lands a nomination in the supporting category because best actor to me should go to Joaquin Phoenix for Joker.
I think it has been a while since a movie in this style has been made and it was great to have this film. I highly recommend it.