The first trailer for The Irishman has finally landed.
The film, which is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars – amongst others – Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, is to premiere at the New York Film Festival on 27 September 2019 before it hits the Netflix streaming platform in October.
As well as Pacino and De Niro, the film features a litany of
stars including Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Jesse
Plemons and Harvey Keitel.
It’s based on a book called I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt and tells the story of Frank Sheeran (played by Bobby De Niro), an infamous war gangster, hitman and war veteran who got himself mixed up with some of the most notorious folk about during the 20th century.
The plot of the movie will see Sheeran caught up in the murder of a fellow gangster, Pacino’s character Jimmy Hoffa.
When the premiere for the film was announced, it was described by the festival as ‘funny, troubling, entertaining and, like all great movies, absolutely singular’.
New York Film Festival director Kent Jones added: “It’s the work of masters, made with a command of the art of cinema that I’ve seen very rarely in my lifetime, and it plays out at a level of subtlety and human intimacy that truly stunned me.”
Director Scorsese – as any cinema fan knows – has been involved with mobster and mafia films before. You’ve probably seen a few of them.
However, the iconic filmmaker was keen to let audiences know that this one is different to the rest. He told The Independent: “This is different, I think it is. I admit that there are – you know, Goodfellas and Casino have a certain style that I created for them – it’s on the page in the script actually.”
“Putting Goodfellas together was almost like an afterthought, at times I was kind of rushing, I felt I’d already done it because I’d played it all out in terms of the camera moves and the editing and that sort of thing.
“The style of the picture, the cuts, the freeze-frames, all of this was planned way in advance, but here it’s a little different.”
Well, as long as it’s as well put together and as well acted as the previous efforts, you can be sure that the film world will lap it up when it premieres.
The rest of us will have to wait until October to give our verdict.