Dramas are serious, plot-driven presentations, portraying realistic characters, settings, life situations, and stories involving intense character development and interaction. Usually, they are not focused on special-effects, comedy, or action,
Edward Norton’s second directorial attempt finds him adapting Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel, set in contemporary Brooklyn, to 1950’s Brooklyn along with a cine-graphic style representative of that period. The feel is that of a film-noir and Norton is successful in this effort. The piece largely moves along smoothly and Norton, Defoe, Baldwin, and Willis do a good job in their respective roles. Norton’s portrayal of a person with Tourette’s syndrome is convincing and effect and adds to the texture of the film. The story line is strong but the editing of the project is weak and the movie could have been tighter and the result more engaging for the viewer. Interestingly, Norton shot the film in 45 days and the principal major stars all worked for free. Also, many of the cast have acted in various Wes Anderson films.
A deeply disturbing account of the generation of the congressional report on the CIA’s use of torture of detainee’s in the period following 9/11/2001. Adam Driver delivers an intense portrayal of the lead senate investigator who ultimately authors a 6,700 page report. Based on actual events, Driver portrays Daniel J. Jones.
Annette Benning brings a solid presence to the screen in the character of Dianne Feinstein as she navigates the halls of congress and the white house as the report is prepared and readied for publication.
Scott Burns’ use of lighting and space amplify the intensity of the topic and its portrayal. Scott completed filming in twenty-six days of shooting.
Interestingly, just before filming commenced, the film’s original plan of a 50-day schedule was cut to a 26-day schedule, and its $18 million budget was slashed to just $8 million. Hence, director Scott Burns stated that all the actors including its lead Adam Driver were paid next to nothing on this project.
Fasten Your Seatbelt, you are not going to want to miss this
Craft - 95%
Artistry - 93%
Certain to be one of the classic racing movies, this effort is a very entertaining biopic of Lee Iacocca getting Carroll Shelby (and via Carroll, Ken Miles) to design and build the Ford GT40 in the mid-sixties to challenge Ferrari’s grip on the race track circuit. The camerawork, the acting, the script, all become one as we watch the result of all of the efforts the cast and crew went through to bring us this exciting feature. Little noticed will be many of the sons of the racers in the sixties are driving the cars we see in the movie. Also, the cars in the movie are continuation cars, not replicas or special effect items, but real cars (https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-11-07/those-classic-shelby-race-cars-in-ford-v-ferrari-arent-what-they-seem).
The cars in the movie are the same cars raced in the mid-sixties, they were just manufactured more recently but are exactly the same. In spite of that, they had to hold up to a grueling film schedule of going at speeds in excess of 200 miles an hour for extended periods of time. also note, Enzo Ferrari was referred to as The Assassin as he lost the lives of so many of his drivers. The cars, all of them, went fast but braking technology was nothing compared to current cars performance and race car drivers were dying on average of one a week.
This movie just flies by in no time and you feel as if you are in the car with the driver.
Time raced by too fast
I just want more; the movie was so good and gripping
The Irishman is a beautifully filmed movie with some very creative ideas but, in the end, it is a one-dimensional mob movie with terrific actors. The movie centers on the Philadelphia (and Detroit) mob, Frank Sheeran, and Jimmy Hoffa. There is really no portrayal of Frank’s family, which is dramatically affected by his actions, Jimmy Hoffa’s family, nor anyone else associated with the men. The women are merely present, often just to smoke cigarettes and be there. Aside from that, the movie carries you along for three hours and then seems to just drag for the last thirty minutes. The movie is not as tight as Scorsese’s past efforts and it shows. The movie drags often, especially during the final thirty minutes. Better editing would have rewarded both Scorsese and the audience with a much better cinematic experience.
This is a big screen movie and I am sorry it will not get broader distribution prior to being shown on the small screen. Mr. Scorsese says the movie could not have been made via the traditional studio process (NY Times Op-Ed, 04 November 2019). Perhaps, but a lot is lost on the small screen.
Interestlingly, “I heard you paint houses” are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. Robert De Niro described on The Tonight Show that the term along with “I also do my own carpentry work” refers to both the hit and the clean-up.
Solid performances by the lead actors
Weak to non-existent development of family characters
What an awesome picture. Yes, this picture has been made before but this effort is beautiful filmed, acted, has incredible special effects and sound, and is a joy to watch. The depictions of the naval effort, the intelligence effort, and the aviators’ effort create a more interesting portrayal of the lead-up to the battle for Midway and the actual battle itself. The film depicts efforts of both sides which is quite interesting. Interestingly, the movie incorrectly states that Japan’s goal was to eventually invade the US. In actuality, Japan knew they would not be able to beat the US in a protracted war, so the objective was to draw the US Navy into a decisive battle that would be so demoralizing to the US that they would be able to negotiate an end to the war within 6 months and a least keep the oil, steel, and rubber resources in Indonesia. To do that, they had to threaten a US possession that the entire US Navy (including its carriers) would be willing to fight for, so they chose Midway, which was close to Hawaii. Also, in the movie, at the beginning of the attack by Midway’s planes on the Japanese, it is depicted that about 12-16 twin engine B-26 bombers conducted a level bombing against Nagumo’s flagship, the Akagi. In reality, Midway only had 4 B-26s deployed… they were bravely the first to attack at 0710. They had been converted to torpedo bombers and as such approached at a very low level, not high up to bomb as in the film. Of the 4, 2 were shot down by intense AA fire, and the leader, severely damaged, conducted what may be the first kamikaze attack of the war (YES, an American), attempting to hit Admiral Nagumo’s bridge to kill him and missed at the last minute by as little as 5 feet by Japanese accounts. There is much historical debate as to whether this scare might have affected Nagumo’s thinking in the next 15 minutes and resulted in the Japanese disaster. And, it was actually Ed Layton’s idea to invite John Ford to shoot the Midway battle. He thought it would be good for morale. Layton went to Nimitz and the Admiral agreed to give Ford and his cameraman the opportunity. Ford was pleased with the result and so appreciative that he gave Layton a bit part in the 1952 movie Big Jim McClain, starring John Wayne and James Arness.
The color in the movie is just lush
Solid script, directing, and acting
I was so engrossed I did not want the movie to end