Teaser Trailer For “The Irishman” Drops


This morning, Netflix dropped a Teaser Trailer for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, the hotly antiquated crime flick. Just announced earlier in the week as the Opening Night Selection of the 2019 New York Film Festival, all eyes have been on this one. Partly, that’s due to it just being Scorsese, though also in part because of the visual effects being used to make the characters appear younger in sections. You can see the Teaser at the end of the post to see for yourself, but the effects are on point and appear to help Scorsese tell a brilliantly compelling story.

The film is an epic mob drama and an adaptation of the book I Heard You Paint Houses. From the NYFF announcement earlier this week, here’s a small description: The Irishman is a richly textured epic of American crime, a dense, complex story told with astonishing fluidity. Based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, it is a film about friendship and loyalty between men who commit unspeakable acts and turn on a dime against each other, and the possibility of redemption in a world where it seems as distant as the moon. The roster of talent behind and in front of the camera is astonishing, and at the core of The Irishman are four great artists collectively hitting a new peak: Joe Pesci as Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino, Al Pacino as Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, and Robert De Niro as their right-hand man, Frank Sheeran, each working in the closest harmony imaginable with the film’s incomparable creator, Martin Scorsese. In part, it centers on Sheehan’s potential involvement in the disappearance of Hoffa. Scorsese directs a script by Steven Zaillian. In addition to the big three of De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci, the massive cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Harvey Keitel, Domenick Lombardozzi, Sebastian Maniscalco, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Ray Romano, and more. Thelma Schoonmaker once again edits, while Robbie Robertson handles the music and the cinematography is by Rodrigo Prieto.

From the look of the Teaser, Scorsese seems to be in vintage form. However, that’s not all he’s doing, as this appears to be bigger in scope and more about mortality than some of his classic mob tales. Still, this is going to have a gangster vibe in a way that only the legendary director can. Just seeing the likes of De Niro, Keitel, Pacino, and Pesci on screen again together is really something. Plus, as mentioned above, you can clearly tell that the de-aging effects are impressive VFX shots and seamlessly help in telling a story set over many decades.

Oscar wise, The Irishman should be a force. Netflix feels like they have something special on their hands and a campaign will reflect that. The streaming giant should almost certainly have an across the board campaign here. Look for efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Scorsese), Best Actor (for De Niro), Best Supporting Actor (for Pacino, and/or Pesci, though the former could be potentially Lead as well), Best Supporting Actress (for Paquin), Best Adapted Screenplay (for Zaillian), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. Without question, it’s one of 2019’s biggest potential Academy Award players.

You can see The Irishman’s Teaser Trailer next, and it’s a good one. More on this one soon, especially with it playing at the New York Film Festival in the fall, but for the moment, down to brass tacks. Enjoy…

Here now is the Teaser Trailer for The Irishman:

Stay tuned for lots more on The Irishman soon!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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