Props go out to Steven Zaillian for the brilliant script of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. The American Crime epic clocked at a runtime of 209 minutes but not a second was wasted. The film which saw the reunion of Scorsese with his favorites collaborators such as veteran actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, was based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses.’ Before dropping on Netflix as a 2019 Netflix Original, the film was showcased on the big screen for audiences to truly revel in Scorsese’s world.
Premiered at the New York Film Festival, The Irishman follows the life of Frank Sheeran (De Niro) as he becomes a hitman under the wing of mob boss Russell (Pesco). Also featuring working under the powerful regime of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), The Irishman traces his journey and then some.
Martin Scorsese has made some of the most brilliant films of all time. His oeuvre however feels more fulfilled now that the Irishman – which featured in our best films of 2019 list is out in the open. After enjoying critical success in its limited theatrical run and finally landing on Netflix, the film went on to receive 10 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Pacino, and Pesci, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Coming to Steven Zaillian’s 145-pager screenplay for The Irishman, it seems to be a touch of genius. The Oscar-winning screenwriter (Zaillian won for Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List), reteamed with Scorsese after Gangs of New York, to adapt the book into an expansive journey that stung by the time it ends. The film, unlike most of the master’s films, took the heady decision of taking a step further for the gangster. It traces their journey right after the curtains to their problematic screen representation ends. Making the overall impact more philosophical than any other Scorsese joint.
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[Via: The Deadline]