From the last butaca: “El irlandés”, another look

This is the most daring work by Martin Scorsese. Causes found feelings. In zigzag as “Goodfellas”, ni tracks as “Casino”.

This is a film from which the script approaches the slope of the mafia in the United States, thanks to subjective factors such as the transformation of the political class into defeat of enrichment and corruption.

Buy sympathizers, charge “successful jobs”, apply the “friendship” law and reign over the life and miracles of the country and the one that reigns now.

The film is a living portrait of the history of the last 60 years of the United States, its “spiritual” experiences and destructive swings. Scorsese takes the scalpel with a critical hand and leads the viewer to 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, does not admit of repairs. Scorcerse and meet them. They are antiheroes. Characters marked by anguish.

Jimmy Hoffa is a cheap politician who runs the largest transport union in the United States. Eccentric, clumsy, obstinate and charismatic, he doesn’t want to lose “his union”, he knows that he has lost it. It does not give up, it becomes radicalized, it wields obsolete conceptions, putting it in juego su propia life.

Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) is a sicario. At Bufalino’s request, he serves as Hoffa’s back-guard to protect the mafia’s interests within the union.

His anguish moves between el dolor and la culpa. He suffers because Hoffa does not understand that politics is a weapon to buy.

You want to convince him of the sequel times. If he ends the words and does not regret complying with the fatal order.

He knows that the leader has to die and he cannot avoid him.

Bufalino (Joe Pesci knows how to be enigmatic, sagacious, lucid, and sparse of words) debates between the supreme order to eliminate Hoffa or to be eliminated: He sends him to kill the unionist al he likes, will be executed with Sheeran. “Let’s forget about this man, we’ll see everything possible to save him”, he says.

“El irlandés” is a film of much action and few words: gestures, glances, broken sentences and with double meaning. So things worked in the mafia. Follow on Netflix.

 

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