Author: Lorena Ferraroli
Frank Sheeran is a World War II veteran and works as a truck driver when he meets the man of destiny, Russell Bufalino, mafia boss in Philadelphia, who sees in him the main feature of a good officer: reliability. Frank gains more and more the protection and trust of the main bosses, until one day he meets the powerful Jimmy Hoffa…
This film runs throught 25 years of American history, from 1950 to 1975, touching important storical events like the rise and fall of Kennedys.
The movie is a reunion of sorts, as DeNiro and Pesci starred in Scorsese’s acclaimed mobster movies Goodfellas and Casino. The Irishman is inspired by the book “I Heard Your Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt based on the true story of the deceptive figure of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Robert De Niro), the powerful labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) and the Sicilian-born American mafia boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci).
PRO: The masterful interpretation of 3 great stars of Hollywood, an engaging vintage soundtrack and the always strong and powerful direction of Martin Scorsese.
CONS: Sometimes it can seem a bit slow, lingering in the dialogues…they’re 209 minutes after all!
Recommended to: Gangster movie’s fans, ‘50s ’60 ’70 nostalgic and obviously Martin Scorsese’s admirers.
- Directed By: Martin Scorsese
- Written By: Steven Zaillian (screenplay) based on the Charles Brandt book “I Heard You Paint Houses.”
- Starring: Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Romano.
- Release Date (Italy): November 27 (Netflix)
- Running time: 209 min
A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK
The new comedy written and directed by Woody Allen tells the story of two college sweethearts, Gatsby Wells (Timothée Chalamet) and Ashleigh Enright (Elle Fanning), whose plans for a romantic weekend in New York go up in smoke as soon as they set foot in the city and their interests lead them on different paths.
Shot entirely in NYC, this movie is a new Allen’s tribute to the Big Apple, a new jazz variation on New York’s imaginary.
Bonding agent of the opera is the rain and the different idea of it. It seems that the characters were divided in two: the ones who love walking outside in the rain enjoying the atmosphere and the ones who are afraid to get wet. That becomes a metaphor of two different and apparently irreconcilable ways of living and understanding life.
PRO: Young and fresh cast directed by the old same ironic Woody with his distinctive signature and the great and fascinating NYC background.
CONS: It’s the classic romantic comedy so if you hope in some incredible twist you might find yourself in the wrong place.
Recommended to: romantic comedies’ lovers, someone who never lose the desire to dream a new adeventurous love story and obviously someone who love walking in the rain!
- Directed By: Woody Allen
- Written By: Woody Allen
- Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber
- Release Date (Italy): November 28
- Running time: 92 min
LE MANS ‘66
The plot follows a determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his British driver, Ken Miles (Christian Bale), who are dispatched by Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) and Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 24 hours of Le Mans race in France during the year 1966.
A work of adrenaline, scratching, taken from the true stories of the impulsive and impetuous driver Ken, the film turns out to be an interesting metaphor of the very current struggle between talent and marketing: is it worth more a race horse or the most tame and photographable of all?
PRO: Adrenaline and impactful action scenes, good cast and shiny reproductions of vintage cars.
CONS: Is not as incisive as it should, Damon and Bale don’t seem to connect and the soundtrack is too weak for an action movie.
Recommended to: using the words of Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt “A big, glossy crowd-pleaser of a film, high on horsepower, engine grease, and clean-sweat ‘60s masculinity.”
- Directed By: James Mangold
- Written By: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
- Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone
- Release Date (Italy): November 14
- Running time: 152 min