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Mixed feelings...

I found the CGI effect off-putting. The younger versions seemed a bit cartoonish. From my rough calculation, Frank would have been early 30s in the late 50s, making him early 90s now. De Niro is pretty easily aged into a credible 90s, but less credibly turned back to his 30s.

That aside, at 3 1/2 hours, this should be epic. The intersection of crime mobs with labor unions and the top levels of politics is encompassed all the way from Kennedy to Watergate and a little bit beyond. In this fictional world (probably based at least partially in reality), crime elected Kennedy to reclaim Cuba, and there is at least the hint that crime whacked Kennedy after he failed with Cuba and his brother was going after crime as AG. And involved in this world of money and control is Hoffa and the Teamsters.

It is a big story and I found it held interest for most of the running time, though I was flagging toward the end. There is the strong hint of nostalgia as the gang gets together for what will certainly the final visit to the world of 20th century mob drama. The familiar soundtrack of pop songs of 50+ years ago. De Niro, Keitel, and Scorsese were all kids when Mean Streets came out some 46 years ago. And now they are back with many other A list stars. Scorsese is 77 now and I think this is the last chapter of this part of his work.

It did not have the kind of energy and excitement of Goodfellas. Good but not great. Of course, with the weight of time, Frank in his present day nursing home, in his final days, there is a deeper perspective. All in all, I found it a fine movie and will probably eventually rewatch it.

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