Is the film The Irishman too long

Scoreses Netflix film "The Irishman" : Makeover for Robert De Niro and Al Pacino

It is the most elaborate anti-aging campaign in the recent past. And somehow there is also a nostalgic melancholy in the project "The Irishman". Make another film like in the past. Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci - when you hear these names you think of the classics of New York and gangster films, "Mean Streets", "Taxi Driver", "Goodfellas", "Casino". The films made their main actors stars.

Scorseses helped De Niro win his second Oscar with the boxer drama "Wie ein Wilder Stier", but De Niro is unforgettable in his roles as cocky criminal, the true pioneers of the American dream. Pesci earned his Oscar as the sociopathic Tommy DeVito in "Goodfellas", together the two gave a swan song to the gangster cinema in "Casino" - and to the glittering metropolis Las Vegas, also an invention of Italian mobsters. And since there are no longer any limits in the digital age of longing for a better time - as long as you have the necessary money - Scorsese simply turned the clock again. Is it already that late?

De Niro is now 76, like Scorsese, Pacino even 79. "The Irishman" is above all a vanity project, but it also tells a lot about our time. The old men want to know again, above all they don't want to grow old. It is said to have cost 160 million dollars to digitally rejuvenate the leading actors, the post-production dragged on. Dolly Parton once said it was a lot of money to look cheap like her. The same goes for the anti-aging craze. The film became a demonstration of the victory of technology over biology. In the end, Netflix had to step in because Scorsese's partner studio Paramount waved his hand in thanks. Too expensive. Scorsese is no longer a box office magnet, the old men don't pull.

For the streaming producer, however, money (for the time being) does not play a role. The first trailer can now be seen: no other film has recently sparked hope like "The Irishman". They don't do movies like this anymorethey used to say about old Hollywood. Now the Netflix generation can say the same thing about New Hollywood that made Scorsese, De Niro and Pacino great in the 1970s.

The opening scenes of "The Irishman" look fantastic, as you would expect, as if time has stood still in the seventies. There is also the film about the disappearance of the legendary union leader Jimmy Hoffa, the "master of the trucks". Jack Nicholson had already played that one, another egomaniac. Now Al Pacino takes over the part, as always with full physical effort and expansive gestures.

It's about the tipping point in American politics, when crime, the mafia, and the fate of the nation took over. The Cosa Nostra is said to have been involved in the murder of JFK, the conspiracy theories continue to shoot wild to this day.

"The Irishman", which will be shown briefly in German cinemas from November 14th before migrating over to Netflix, is coming out of the right time. In American politics, too, the old men dominate, among Republicans and Democrats. Self-enrichment and corruption are now practiced with shameless openness in the highest office of the nation.

Robert De Niro, who gave Trump the finger not long ago, plays the "Irishman" Frank Sheeran, the only Irish in the honorable company of the Cosa Nostra. He is said to have eliminated Hoffa at the time, and he only admitted the murder at the end of his career. "I don't care if they did it," says the lawyer played by Ray Romano in the trailer. "I'm just supposed to defend them." Silence, a meaningful look. "What do you want to hear?" De Niro grins. "That I did it?" Millions of Americans are asking the same question right now when they turn on the news and listen to their president.

Much has been written in the United States about the next generation of politics to inherit the baby boomers since the last Democratic primary election in November. The parties would have to rejuvenate and take responsibility for the future. That was before Greta Thunberg crossed the Atlantic in a sailing boat. "The Irishman" doesn't care about the future - judging by the trailer, not even the present.

But it is also the opposite of the tanned old work of Clint Eastwood, who celebrates his dinosaur-like character. Conservative in the best sense of the word. You see the two-minute trailer and have the feeling of looking into an amber in which a prehistoric fossil is preserved. Hopefully nobody would ever think of digitally rejuvenating Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. Sometimes it's just time to let go.

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