Scorsese made a classic mafia film with classical mafia film actors such as Al Pacino, Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci.
Robert de Niro is the man from the title, a small time man who works himself up in the mafia ranks. Pacino is great at the overheated head of the truckers union and became one of the most powerful men in the USA.
The Italians in the USA have their hands in many businesses, often illegal. When the Kennedys rise to power, they start to get opposition, but fortunately that problem solves itself. Then internal problems occur that need to be taken care off.
“The Irishman” is an alright mafia film that in my opinion needed not to last for three-and-a-half hours. I must say that De Niro does not really convince.
What a great film of Scorsese. We follow Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage) who works on an ambulance in the worst part of New York in his profession. An overcrowded hospital. The same drug-related calls every shift. Worst of all: Frank has not saved a life in months. The people who died on him, start to hunt Frank as he slowly goes down over his maddening job. The chaos and the stress that Frank experiences is filmed well and thus Scorsese makes a descent and dense drama. On top of that come a couple of brilliant scenes in which Scorsese experiments somewhat. There is a brilliant Tarantino-like scene in which Frank and his partner resurrect a heroin OD in some goth-club. Also there are a couple of hallucinative scene and good, grim humour. Indeed, a film worth watching.