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The Many Saints of Newark (2021)

The Many Saints of Newark (2021)




Alessandro Nivola

Leslie Odom Jr.

Jon Bernthal

Corey Stoll

Directed by Alan Taylor

This movie is very into itself being busy achieving nothing. Occupied with needed violence going nowhere and an end that mattered to nothing spectacular. It is so ordinary a movie it does not deserve to be told to anyone to go see it. When you do a movie that is unnecessary to try and please fans, this waste of movie reel is what you get.

They could have called this movie anything else other than the prequel to The Sopranos and it will still work. And that is because nothing in this movie shed any light to what you already did not know about Tony Soprano and did not help in giving depth to the things you suspected. In fact Tony Soprano was not even the major cast or can be tagged a main supporting cast in this movie. Yes, his name is mentioned and we see him hoping about. The only time he became a focus in this 120 minutes movie is in the last 10 minutes. Then Chase says there is a planned sequel of Tony in his twenties (suggesting more focus on him), please why not do that movie then, what was the point of this?

From the series we know there is a strained relationship between Junior and his nephew Tony, in this movie we see that Junior has always struggled to have a hold on things in the DiMeo crime family. Set in the 1960s and 70s, the movie depicts the humble beginnings of the DiMeo crime family, how they struggled to maintain order during the riots that broke out in the 60s caused by the maltreatment of black people.

The movie focuses more on the teenage years of Tony and the young Tony is played by the late James Gandolfini’s (Tony Soprano in the series) son, Michael Gandolfini.

Fans will get to see how Tony related with Dickie Moltisanti who was the main driving force in Tony’s life. We also get to see how Dickie took charge of things in the DiMeo crime family the atrocities he committed and how they played out for the remainder of the other family members. Tony never talked much about his father in the series. We just know there was a lot of respect from him towards the man. In this movie we get to see how the father’s crime dealings had an influence on Tony’s upbringing.

On like the series where we get to enjoy the intricate dealings of the crime world, things here flash about a lot lacking that fun.

As time continue to go by the more I get stronger in the resolution that you do not have to see every movie and even though you saw the first part you do not need to see part two if part one was crap. For those who want to see this movie, I will advise you not to.


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