It doesn’t take a Ph.D in film to understand that Martin Scorsese is one of the most important and prolific directors still making movies. He’s released scores of hugely successful and hugely influential films. Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Departed, Wolf of Wall Street, and those are just the few that I picked, take a look at his filmography when you get a chance and you’ll see it’s packed with many of the greatest films ever made. With The Irishman, he made his most reflective and personal film yet. The performances from De Niro (always a joy to get see do his thing on screen), Pacino (who doesn’t go over the top for the first time in years) and a refreshed Joe Pesci (out of retirement!), this might also be the best cast he’s ever worked with (despite working with all but Pacino before this) as everyone is firing on all cylinders. We still might be too close to it, but the de-aging technology in the movie is nothing short of amazing. This isn’t the first movie to feature the de-aging technology, but it’s the first high profile one to pretty much make a movie that extensively leverages it throughout the film. The Irishman isn’t just a great movie, it’s also no hyperbole to call it an absolute game changer. At 3 and a half hours this movie also flies, I saw it in the theater in one sitting and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It moves faster than most 2 hour movies, largely thanks Scorsese’s direction and how engrossing the performances are.