Martin Scorsese closes his mafia films with a flourish

Based on true events, the film spans several decades in the life of Irishman Frank Sheeran, De Niro, a WWII veteran, con man and hit man.

One of the first movies I saw of Martin Scorsese It was “Dangerous streets” (1973), for the first time he worked with who would become his fetish actor, Robert De Niro.

Since that experience I have enjoyed a collection of the best films of the last decades directed by Scorsese, his trademark those of mafia: “Good boys” (1990), “Casino” (1995) and “The infiltrators” (2007), are some essential of the genre.

His twenty-fifth tape “The Irish” (2019) had serious budget problems until Netflix’s lifeguard arrived to fund it.


Although it lasts almost three and a half hours, it is an epic not to be missed for all the public, although I suggest a thermos, coffee and sandwiches to enjoy it.

At a slower pace than its predecessors, I find a story that goes beyond gangster movies, even if Scorsese is faithful to his style with a successful selection of period music, editing and editing by his eternal collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker.

It is certainly a tribute to the codes of the gangsters: power, family, loyalty, friendship and betrayal. Although it also invites us to reflect on the irreversible passing of the years, guilt and the search for redemption.

The director has a luxurious cast headed by De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and for the first time he works with Al Pacino. Having the chance to see these heavy hitters in just one film is priceless.

Based on true events, the film spans several decades in the life of Irishman Frank Sheeran, From Niro, WWII veteran, con man, and hit man.

Sheeran is tied to one of the great unsolved mysteries of American criminology, the disappearance of the legendary trade unionist Jimmy Hoffa, Pacino, who in the fifties and sixties was the most popular character in North America. They could never find his body.

Frank ends up mixing with organized crime at the hands of Rusell Bufalino, Joe Pesci, Semi-retired actor, who in no way wanted to participate in one more gangster, however, Marty convinced him.

The character of Fishes, in a more leisurely and thoughtful role, he is an important intermediary whom everyone respects and admires. He conveys much more with a look than expressing himself with words.


Scorsese he does not forget to add to the tape milestones in the history of the United States: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Watergate scandal, the complex relations of the power with Cuba, corruption and the connections of politics with the low world.

Thus the director closes his gangster films with an air of melancholy, in which I can visualize old and new elements of his incomparable style and although the film lasts 210 minutes, it is worth watching until the end.