The Irishmen Review
By Paul Anthony
Okay now I love Mafia movies I really do and I love Mafia movies made from Martin Scorsese. I love Goodfellas and Casino and even The Departed. When I heard about this film I was excited I mean who wouldn’t just look at the talent leading the way. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino and you had the normal Italian actors playing the Mafia roles. Like many Mafia movies it tells a story at a slow pace and builds a good strong character development which is a key to the success of this type of movie but this film had one major problem and that was it just didn’t know when to end!
The Movie tells the story of Frank Sheeran or his nickname is the Irishmen, but it is from his perspective which many don’t fully believe but anyway he tells his story that he was a war veteran and became a truck driver by trade but began to sell his meat from his trucks to local Mafias and when he got caught, they bailed him out then that’s when he began working for the mafia as a hitman. The film then shifts to a time where he becomes friends with Jimmy Hoffa and sadly because of Hoffa wouldn’t listen to the Mafia, Frank who try to warned him had no other choice but to kill him, which historians and detectives dispute this claim and bunch of other kills Frank claims that he did.
The Movie made not be the most accurate film but it this did come from Frank himself which many claim that he was lying but no there is no evidence that says he wasn’t either. I won’t knock the film for that because he was telling the story and they wanted to tell Frank’s story then this is what he told them. Now there is a issue I have with casting and that was they casted Anna Paquin as Frank’s oldest daughter Peggy, the woman is seen for a few minutes and not given one line yet she is the reason for Frank confessing everything, I don’t know if they were on a tight budget because they used most of it to de age the main cast for their flashback scenes and all they could get was Anna with no lines to me this just seems like a waste of casting and money to that matter. Frank made had a long story to tell rather it was fact or fiction but this movie didn’t need to tell every single word of it.
In the end I am giving this film a B or 83 percent, I liked it and thought it had a lot of good going towards it but the poor casting of a few people and the length just ruin it to me but if you have time and I do mean if you have time then take a watch!
Proofreading is your friend.
Also, regarding the character Peggy, although she seldom speaks she is present throughout the entire movie, not just in Anna Paquin form. And she doesn’t need to speak because Frank knows exactly how she feels, and why: she’s his conscience.
Frank sees clearly just how cold hearted Russel truly is and yet doesn’t hesitate a single moment to join him, so Peggy’s fear and rejection of Russell are a manifestation of Frank’s guilt for the life choice he made. “She’s afraid of me too sometimes” Frank says, acknowledging that he fully understands the implications of his path.
The only person Peggy gets close to is Jimmy, because he’s the only one of his ‘friends’ Frank truly loves. Hence the only time Peggy speaks is to confront Frank for his actions towards the one good association in his life: his own conscience will never forgive him.
All of which is why, in the end, Peggy is the reason Frank finally confesses his crimes.