PeacefulAnarchy wrote: ↑
December 30th, 2019, 7:32 am
The Irishman is a good movie, but it belongs in 1983, maybe 1993 (and it could have been made with the same actors for a fraction of the cost). In 20 fucking 19 it is completely irrelevant and unnecessary. Still entertaining to watch and surprisingly brisk feeling for being three and a half hours long, and it's nice to see these guys give real performances again, but if this wins best picture there's gonna be a big dose of irony contrasting the film itself, an old throwback, with a win for Netflix, the big scary new production paradigm.
I largely felt that way after one viewing, but talking with a friend about it, reading a couple of key reviews, and seeing it again a couple of weeks later really changed my feelings and at the moment I'd say it's the only great film from 2019 I've seen, and up there with Scorsese's best. Perhaps it helps that in many respects it's reminiscent of Once Upon a Time in America
, which remains my favorite gangster film, and I suspect also that I really resonate with it's despairing and lonely tone. But in any case I'm really happy that I saw it a second time - the only 2019 film I managed to repeat on so far.
I don't really think it'll will BP though - I think the Academy is still rather anti-Netflix, and I also think that they may be still on a "let's pick something NICE' kick. Yeah there have been depressing films winning previously - Moonlight
being an obvious recent example - but I just get the sense that films like this one or Joker
aren't going to cut it at this moment. Haven't seen 1917
but if it's at least slightly "hopeful" or at least not cynical, I think it's a strong shot.