I stayed up til 3 am to watch the Irishman. (well, I stayed up til 6:30) the first thing i'll say is that I need to see it again to judge it better. the movie does not have the hyped energy of Goodfellas nor the glitter of Casino. overall, it is SLOW and very talky. that ain't necessarily a bad thing, but I think probably 40 minutes or so could have been cut without losing anything vital. I remember at least one long conversation between Hoffa and Frank that could have been cut in half. I've seen critical praise for Al Pacino's performance as Hoffa. my take on his performance is that he's basically playing the same character he's been playing the past 25 years or so, not bad, but nothing new. I think Jack Nicholson did a better Jimmy Hoffa. but Mr Scorsese is taking his deliberate time and pacing things the way he wants them and saying what he wants to say. there are, of course, some awesome set pieces. one really creepy sequence has to do with delivering weapons to David Ferrie. (Whom you will remember as Joe Pesci's character in JFK) Joe Pesci's character is the most interesting person in the movie to me. I think it's a very fine piece of work from him. overall, my take is "I need to see it again". What do you think? PS: there is discussion on another thread on profanity - there's no shortage of it here. come on, it's a Scorsese gangster movie.