For starters, The Irishman—which stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci—enjoyed its world premiere at the 57th New York Film Festival on September 27 where it drew. If the first responses on social media are anything to go by, Scorsese may have another masterpiece on his hands. But, it’s worth noting that social reactions are often far more positive than the final word, so let’s refrain from making any final judgements just yet.
The Irishman is based on the 2003 book I heard your paint houses by Charles Brandt and details the life of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who claimed to be a real-life hitman working for the mob and was allegedly connected to the murder of legendary gangster Jimmy Hoffa. However, the validity of Sheeran’s tales have been disputed by others, a mini-controversy worth monitoring throughout the Oscars race were the film is expected to be major player.
The Irishman was initially set up at Paramount Pictures, but the studio ultimately passed due to budget concerns. Scorsese employed costly de-aging technology to portray his leads over a course of decades, reportedly pushing the film’s budget well passed the $145 million mark.