Is ‘The Irishman’ Scorsese’s ‘JFK’?

Chris Barsanti
Nov 28, 2019 · 6 min read
Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in ‘The Irishman’ (Netflix)

A hitman’s odyssey through postwar America, The Irishman covers a lot of ground. There is World War II, the death throes of the labor movement, the Kennedys, Vegas and the Teamsters, and the Bay of Pigs, to start. There is also the Philly mob, grasping, ubiquitous, trigger-happy, and seemingly untouchable, until it wasn’t. Through it all, the character of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) floats like a ghost who cannot make sense…