Joint Irishman/Little Woman Review

Anna Hennessey and Jack Flynn

A myriad of incredible movies are in theaters right now, all directed towards different audiences.  Today, we explore both The Irishman and Little Women, from a guy’s and a girl’s somewhat divergent perspectives.


Jack’s Takes:

The Irishman, based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, is a masterpiece.  Released on Netflix in 2019, this three-and-a-half-hour epic revolves around the life of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), the only Irishman in the Italian-run mafia.  Director Martin Scorsese brilliantly imagined how the relationship between Sheeran and Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) developed and eventually came to a crashing close, flashing back and forth between Sheeran’s early career as a hitman and his later years as a grizzled senior.


Little Women is a movie based on a book and is about girls who face hardship.  One of them is played by Emma Watson. I think that’s all you need to know.


Anna’s Takes:

The Irishman is a new movie. As seen in the trailer, many famous actors such as the guy from the Godfather Part II star in it. Being called the Irishman I assume it is about an Irish man. 


Written and directed by the cinematic artist Greta Gerwig, Little Women is a take on a classic childhood tale. Combining the themes of coming-of-age with strong feminine views this movie takes the classic book to the next level. The cast features two oscar-nominated ladies, Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh. Transiting from stories of the sister’s childhood to their present-day lives, the director nods at Louisa May Alcott’s own background, intertwining it with the plot. 


Here are some further thoughts on the films:

The Irishman:

Robert De Niro is getting older.  Was he still on his game here?

Jack: This is one of Bobby De Niro’s best performances.  The old man’s still got it.

Anna: Probably, I feel like age is just a construct. 


How did The Irishman stack up against other Scorsese films?

J: The Irishman stands tall among his best work. This is Scorsese at his finest.

A: Well personally I really enjoyed Shutter Island with Leonardo Dicaprio… 


Do you think this could be Scorsese’s last movie?

J: It’s very likely. When would such a top-notch cast assemble for one movie ever again? And it’s over three hours long. It’s his grand finale.

A: How old is he? 


The Irishman is a long movie.  How did you manage to get through it?

J: Grit.

A: I didn’t. 


Little Women:

What was your favorite scene in the movie?
A: My favorite scene is when Amy and Laurie discuss how marriage is an economic proposition.
J: The scene where one of the girls is having a problem, and the mother offers a bit of wisdom and a helping hand. Or that other scene where one of the girls is having a problem, and the mother offers a bit of wisdom and a helping hand. Can’t decide which.


Do you think this movie was well cast?

A: YES. I mean who has better chemistry then Timothee Chalamet and Sairose Ronan? I’ll wait. 

J: Why was the guy from Better Call Saul in this movie?


Who was your favorite March sister? 

A: Personally I thought Amy really embodied the story and message of the movie.

J: Whatshername.


Was Greta Gerwig snubbed in the Oscar nominations? 

A: 100 percent. This was a very good movie, maybe even better than Joker…

J: Who?


At least Hollywood has got a little something for everyone.