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Will The Irishman be Martin Scorsese's magnum opus?

By Say Peng  /  01 Oct 2019 (Tuesday)

The Irishman made its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on 27th September to ecstatic reviews and reception.

Mexican Oscar-winning Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro tweeted:

Del Toro continued with 12 more tweets, extolling and explaining his love for The Irishman.

"Oldfellas, with soul." was how Hollywood Reporter summarised the movie.

THR wrote "...The Irishman is also on many levels a beautifully crafted piece of deluxe cinema. It's full of sinuous tracking shots from cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto that induce swoons; sumptuous period production and costume design that evoke not just a vanished America but a near-extinct American movie realm; and fluid cutting from indispensable Scorsese collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker, who maintains the flow even in patches when Steven Zaillian's dense screenplay grows protracted. The movie is never less than engaging and its milieu at all times vivid and alive."

Variety is as, if no more, effusive in its praise: "Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is a coldly enthralling, long-form knockout — a majestic Mob epic with ice in its veins. It’s the film that, I think, a lot us wanted to see from Scorsese: a stately, ominous, suck-in-your-breath summing up, not just a drama but a reckoning, a vision of the criminal underworld that’s rippling with echoes of the director’s previous Mob films, but that also takes us someplace bold and new."

The Irishman will show on Netflix from November 27, 2019.
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