It is the most daring work of Martin Scorsese. It provokes mixed feelings. It does not zigzag like “Goodfellas”, nor does it trace like “Casino.”
It is a film where the script approaches the decline of the mafia in the United States, thanks to subjective factors such as the transformation of the Political class in a path of enrichment and corruption.
Buying supporters, ordering “dirty jobs”, applying the law of “cronyism” and reigning over the life and miracles of the country is what reigns now.
The film is a vivid portrait of the history of the last 60 years of the United States, its “spiritual” ravages and destructive wobbles. Scorsese carries the scalpel with a critical hand and leads the viewer into the underworld of hidden secrets.
Cinematography aside, the acting work shines: the characterization of its three protagonists, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in the roles of Jimmy Hoffa, Frank Sheeran and Don Bufalino, respectively, admits no qualms. Scorirse already knows them. They are antiheroes. Characters marked by anguish.
Jimmy Hoffa, is a cheap politician who runs the largest transportation union in the United States. Eccentric, awkward, stubborn and charismatic, he does not want to lose “his union”, even though he knows he has already lost it. He does not give up, he radicalizes, wields obsolete conceptions, putting his own life at risk.
Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) is a hit man. At Bufalino’s request, he serves as Hoffa’s bodyguard to protect the interests of the mafia within the union.
His anguish moves between pain and guilt. He suffers because Hoffa does not understand that politics is a weapon to buy.
He wants to convince him of the times of drought. Words are running out and he is not sorry to carry out the fatal order.
He knows that the leader has to die and he will not be able to avoid it.
Bufalino (Joe Pesci knows how to be enigmatic, shrewd, lucid, and sparing of words) is torn between the supreme order to eliminate Hoffa or to be eliminated: Either he has the unionist he cherishes killed, or he will be executed along with Sheeran. “Let’s forget about that man, we have already done everything possible to save him,” he says.
“The Irishman” is a film with a lot of action and few words: gestures, looks, broken phrases and with double sense. That’s how things worked in the mafia. Follow on Netflix.