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14 October 2019 09:54

And with Al Pacino, working with Scorsese for the first time, thrown in for good measure?

The septuagenarians Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, centre, were able to appear as younger men through innovative and extremely costly "de-ageing" technology THE IRISHMAN ★★★★☆ Well, what did you expect? It was hardly going to be a disaster. Martin Scorsese, back together with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci for the first time since Casino, delivering a three-hour epic that traces a bloody path through classic American gangsterism? And with Al Pacino, working with Scorsese for the first time, thrown in for good measure? The surprise, however, is not just that The Irishman is good, but that Scorsese has found something new, and invigorating, to do with such familiar material.

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Film review: The Irishman, London Film festival

The story, culled from the memoir I Heard You Paint Houses, charts the career of the mafia hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran. He's played by De Niro in a life-spanning performance that begins in Sheeran's dotage, in a nursing…