Robert De Niro debuts official trailer for 'The Irishman'

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The new trailer for Scorsese's gangster epic The Irishman is absolutely spectacular |

Now, while one is looking good, the other one is looking like a resident of the uncanny valley.

It also sets a slower, calmer pace than those earlier films, taking a step back as Sheeran, as an old man, takes stock of his life in a series of flashbacks and examines the morality of each event. Scorsese and company knocked this one out of the park, yet again. But unlike that classic movie, which kept its focus mainly on Henry Hill and his cohorts, "The Irishman" looks outward, illustrating the inextricable link between American labor, politics and organized crime in the twentieth century.

Based on Charles Brandt's 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses, a collection of recollections from the real-life figure Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, the movie has been in development, on and off, for more than a decade.

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Among the many pleasing aspects of the film is Scorsese and screenwriter Steve Zaillian's feel for words.

The Irishman stars a veritable who's who of Hollywood, with actors such as Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale and Jack Huston appearing in the movie. Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC, was the cinematographer and Thelma Schoonmaker edited; Pablo Helman was the VFX supervisor. Each are firing on all cylinders.

With "The Irishman's" 209-minute runtime, many festival-goers jokingly anxious about drinking enough coffee to stay awake throughout the screening, which wasn't set start until 8 p.m. But with so much attention on the Casino/Goodfellas reunion between Pesci and De Niro, I'm delighted to see so many mention Al Pacino completely steals the show. While watching it on Netflix allows for pausing the film, those seeing it on the big screen may struggle with a long running time. It's terrific, with a ton of gallows humor and surprising emotional heft at the end.

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Speaking of Oscars, The Irishman is going to clean up, at least when it comes to nominations.

Robert De Niro takes the lead as Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran. It's not the likely outcome, but double digit nominations are certainly well within reach. In the United Kingdom, the movie is due to launch on November 8.

Variety's Kris Tapley remarked that "it's far more than another gangland notch on Scorsese's belt", and instead called it an "America epic concerned with profound moral decay and a lifetime's festering regret". It's wonderful. Sit tight for fuller thoughts in about a month...

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