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Film review: The Irishman

Al Pacino and
Robert De Niro
are on top form


The Irishman (15)

In cinemas nationwide from Friday ★★★★✩

DO YOU like classic Martin Scorsese movies? Then you’ll love this Netflix-produced gangster opus, and you’ll need to — as it’s three-and-a-half hours long.

There’s a ‘greatest hits’ vibe to Scorsese’s ruminative, surprisingly funny adaptation of Frank Sheeran’s unreliable memoir that gets all the old gang back together for some familiar mafia shenanigans.

And what a gang. Robert De Niro takes the lead as Sheeran, a pragmatic truck driver of Irish descent who got taken under the wings of two Philadelphia crime bosses (Scorsese old- timers Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel), becoming their most loyal hitman.

Old-timer: Joe Pesci is a Scorsese stalwart

‘I heard you paint houses?’ is Sheeran’s call-up code, meaning he sprays walls with blood. Dodgy digital de-ageing aside, just watching this cast of icons on screen is pure cinema magic.

This awards season will be wall-to-wall Irishmen but our money’s on Al Pacino to scoop Best Supporting Actor — he’s on Godfather-worthy form here as loose cannon union boss Jimmy Hoffa, in what, amazingly, is his Scorsese debut.

And if you wait for November 27, when the film streams on Netflix, you can always (whisper it) watch bits on fast-forward…