It is for many a synonym of film master.
Not surprisingly, the American director is behind huge titles like
Good guys and
The wolf of Wall Street.
Therefore, any new launch that bears his signature generates expectations. And much more when that new film summons – again – actors who are considered legend:
Robert de Niro
Scorsese rene in
The Irishman, a production of
that this Friday opens in the US
The film tells, in a span of 60 years, the story of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a man who served in World War II and who ended up working as a hitman for the legendary and controversial leader of the US truckers union . Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).
And because of the weight of the director's name and the accompanying actors, the scrutiny of the film is enormous.
Many critics have not overlooked the fact that a good part of the film uses the digital rejuvenation resource that allows actors to tell the story at different stages of their lives.
"Pacino is excellent, although slightly weakened by the process of digital rejuvenation. The same goes for De Niro, whose special effects subtract the impact of what a great performance is," wrote the BBC's show editor, Will Gompertz
"Although the face of a young man is seen, it is the body of a 70-year-old actor (De Niro is 76). And that you can't help but notice, especially since we all know the young De Niro," he added.
But Scorsese is clear about his work and the response he wants to give to critics: "For me these special rejuvenation effects are the new form of makeup," the director responded during a presentation of the film in New York.
However, the history of rejuvenation effects goes much further.
No one wanted to make this movie
Scorsese said that nobody in Hollywood wanted to make this movie
"The Irishman", which in the Spanish markets is called "The Irish", is a project that has been heard in the corners of Hollywood for at least ten years.
But he always ran into the same problem: "No one in Hollywood wanted to make this movie. It seemed very expensive," Scorsese told the BBC.
And the costs are associated with the idea of ??using the digital rejuvenation technology that was being developed, especially in the Industrial Light and Magic company.
The technique consists in filming a model actor and, through the use of software, giving it a more youthful or more aged appearance, according to need. This process is done in the postproduction stage and is totally digital.
For example, for the movie
Geminis, who plays Will Smith and was released recently, not only was this technique used, but a character was "totally" created: a younger Will Smith.
"I didn't want to use younger actors to represent Bob (De Niro) and Al (Pacino). But that had a cost," says the Irish director.
But finally, four years ago, Netflix decided to bet on the idea and put the $ 160 million that The Irishman finally cost.
Although the film is not a pioneer in the use of this technology, it is one of the films in which it is used most widely. Also, it has a software specially created for the film.
And it was not an easy process.
"What worried me most was that people got used to their current faces and didn't like what they were going to see when we made the flashbacks," Scorsese explained to the A24 Podcast program.
"When we put together scenes from the present with others from the past, it became clear that certain planes needed more work in the eyes, because aspects such as wrinkles did not quite agree. So we had to change our eyes," explained the creator.
De Niro was the actor of the production that had to undergo more specific filming to achieve the effects of rejuvenation, and even aging.
"I think the effects are very good. I always joke that those effects can give me 20 more years of acting career," De Niro told the BBC during the film's release at the New York film festival.
Critics forget the effects
Al Pacino plays Jimmy Hoffa
However, despite the debate and the reviews of those who have seen the entire film, critics have surrendered not only to history, but also to digital artifice.
"The effects are not perfect, they are sometimes noticed but they are essential for the film," wrote the film critic Hoai-Tran Bui on the Slashcine.com portal.
"Although it takes a little less than an hour to get used to it, before the great performances of De Niro, Pesci and Al Pacino make you forget that," he wrote.
Mexican Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro called The Irishman a "masterpiece."
12/13 This film needs time- however- it has to be processed like a real mourning. It will come up in stages. I believe most of its power will sink in, in time, and provoke a true realization. A masterpiece The perfect corollary Goodfellas and Casino. & – Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT)
September 30, 2019
"It's a masterpiece. The perfect corollary of 'Good guys' and 'Casino'," he wrote on his Twitter account, alluding to other Scorsese titles.
And as many movie fans point out, the film sounds like a goodbye reunion. After more than 20 years, Scorsese not only reunited with De Niro (they have been together in nine titles) but also with other of his usual actors such as Joe Pesci (Wild Bull, Good Boys, Casino) and Harvey Keitel (Streets Wild and Taxi Driver).
Besides that it is the first time that Scorsese directs another giant: Al Pacino.
"It is not the last film that Scorsese rolls, nor the last film about gnsters, but The Irishman, with its strange effects, is a perfect closure of a genre that has given enough to the cinema," concluded Gompertz.
. De Niro and Al Pacino (t) together with the controversial digital rejuvenation of The Irishman (t) the Scorsese film for Netflix – LA NACION