A new trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman is now online. This fall, the iconic director returns to the crime drama he knows so well, reuniting with his old muse Robert De Niro in the process. The Irishman cast reads as a who's who of cinema icons, with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel (among others) playing key roles. Distributor Netflix has a lot invested in the project, hoping it can become one of the year's major Oscar contenders. The streaming giant has a few other titles expected to be in play, but if Scorsese's latest hits all the marks, The Irishman will likely receive the biggest push.
Despite the impressive pedigree behind it, there remain some lingering questions regarding The Irishman. Chief among those is the film's extensive use of digital de-aging technology, which allows the veteran ensemble to appear as their "younger" selves for a significant portion of the movie. Cinephiles got their first taste of the visual effects during the summer when the first Irishman trailer built up to the reveal of the de-aged De Niro. Now, a new look at the film has been released.
Tonight, the next Irishman trailer premiered, just days ahead of its debut at the 2019 New York Film Festival. Watch it for yourself in the space below:
When compared to the previous trailer, this one is much more upbeat and energetic, which tonally is in line with some of Scorsese's other crime films (like The Wolf of Wall Street and Goodfellas, which are referenced in a title card here). The footage establishes Frank Sheeran's character with some classic comic juxtaposition, intercutting between Frank's meeting with his lawyer and Frank out on the job for the mob. Frank compares his responsibilities to his time in the military, but things begin to get out of hand when Jimmy Hoffa declares war on big business and the government. Those familiar with The Irishman's story know Frank claimed he was involved with Hoffa's murder, an event that's alluded to near the end of the trailer. Based on the footage, it looks like Frank needs to make a difficult choice to go through with the hit - which is inevitable regardless of what he does.
Also today, Netflix released a series of new Irishman images, showcasing the digital de-aging of De Niro. Unfortunately, the results were mixed, as some viewers found the visual effects to look a bit odd. De-aging technology has come a long way, but animating human faces is unquestioningly one of the biggest challenges for even seasoned professionals to pull off. Hopefully, the ambitious CGI work doesn't derail the film, which looks to be another entertaining (if sprawling) crime epic from Scorsese. Cinephiles have waited a long time to see The Irishman come into fruition, so fingers crossed it delivers on its potential.
- The Irishman (2019) release date: Nov 27, 2019