Friday, November 29, 2019
KANSAS CITY FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: CHUCK TALKS THE IRISHMAN
TKC quick note . . . I thought the movie was brilliant and offered exquisite, telluric insight into questions of aging and manhood. Moreover, the elderly actors speak to our greying nation which now hosts a declining birth rate unable to replace the population. The story of the Irishman reminds us that brash, bold actions which account for our history continue to haunt us as we confront the eternal.
Now, here's a cynical and much more fun perspective from a TKC comment section favorite . . .
CHUCK AND THE IRISHMAN
Watch this movie in Independence with your Meth Dealer, sitting on the couch, right next to you.
The problem with this movie, which reminded me of of when I decided that I would NEVAR go to another High School Reunion, was the casting. Imagine saying that about a movie, with these actors, DeNiro, Pesci and Pacino.
We all get caught up in our “Formulas”. Scorsese’s bailiwick, is, in general, movies based on historical facts, conjured up with great Cinemetography, a healthy dose of blood and gore, sprinkled in with some sex in a bouillabaisse of what we all (From watching so many “Mob” Movies) think is Mafia Culture.
In this case, the movie, was flat out, poorly cast. I doubt Lenny Dawson could take a snap and get the ball 10 yards down the field at this point and no one wants to see him try. These once “Made” guys are now “Maude” guys in a flick that should have been called “Golden Guys Get Grumpy” (and want their pudding NOW!!!). Even with editing, special effects, CGI and post, this flick looks like it was filmed in the John Knox Village parking lot right before nap time.
Gramps as Goombah would actually have worked here, if DeNiro, Pacino and Pesci had supporting roles and Bobby Canavale, who is truly, truly a menacing, psychotic presence on screen (See “Boardwalk Empire” he killed it in that role.) as an Italian mobster. Then, the audience would have enjoyed the tribute to gangster movies from the past and passed the baton on to younger, far more appropriate actors . . .
The thousands of critics, who elevated this flick into the realm of apotheosis, are as deceitful as your run of the mill Deep State FBI Agent in pursuit of a FISA Warrant for “Patriotic” purposes which include a “Higher Loyalty”. They lied.
Is the movie terrible? No. It is boring. If you, slug down a plateful of Turkey, laced with Tryptophan and jumped into a swimming pool full of blow, you're still gonna sleep until Christmas Eve.
Further reading . . .
Vanity Fair: The Irishman Finally Hit Netflix and With It the Memes
Irish Times: The true story behind The Irishman
CNBC: ‘The Irishman’ first test of whether Netflix can compete in media economy, analyst says
Wrap: ‘The Irishman': Here’s When to Take a Break From Watching 3.5 Hour Epic
Voice: Mob Talk on Scorsese's 'The Irishman': There's a difference between cinema and reality
Ringer: ‘The Irishman’ Turns the Gangster Film Inside Out
SunUK: The Irishman review -- Martin Scorsese’s insanely ambitious Netflix crime epic is a modern classic
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