The Irishman ★★★★½

An absolute knockout. Absolute, keyword, through decades of life, a scintillating meditation on life and death, how you get from point A to point dead. Tragic, funny, violent, poetic, poignant, the story of Jimmy Hoffa and his 'mysterious' disappearance, the mob, the teamsters union, the families and the friends, everything that can come and go in life. Ends with such a powerful silencing of guns, power, corruption, all gone, all gone to make you realise this is life, this constant battle, and for the mob, it was kill or be killed.

I could incoherently babble on here for a long time, but for a 3.30-hour film, it was engaging from the off and never dull. The dialogue is incredible, the violence is brutal and the chemistry between the cast is palpable. The cast and Marty will go on to receive nominations, I think it is a certainty, even with the Academy overlooking him far too often. I wish this was getting a full theatrical run, though its length is off-putting, it is top 3 of the year of me. Netflix invested in the right project here. The relationship off-screen between Scorsese, Pacino, De Niro, Pesci and Keitel is telling, all of them look like they enjoyed every last minute. Ray Ramano also fantastic, Stephen Graham, Anna Paquin (though underused) and Bobby Cannavale all contribute with great performances. I am not pretending this review is anything other than me in awe, I had a blast.

The story of Jimmy Hoffa is fascinating, I had never heard of him in my 30-year life, maybe that is on me. Strange to think such a high profile figure can just vanish but that is really portrayed in the film. The term 'I paint houses' also a new one, but I love it. 

Edit: the digital de-ageing thing... intense.

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