So far, all the trailers released for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman has shown the film’s macabre sense of humour. And it’s true, The Irishman, in fact, is often very funny. But it’s also a surprisingly melancholy, sombre affair and that’s what the latest trailer is trying to convey, highlighting how Robert De Niro’s Frank Sheeran ended up as a hitman and his strained relationship with his family.
Sheeran is first shown at a funeral, with a voiceover saying, “It’s over. They’re all gone,” and then cuts to two detectives trying to get him to admit he’s the person behind Jimmy Hoffa’s (Al Pacino) mysterious disappearance decades before. The latest trailer gives viewers a deeper look at Sheeran and how he went from driving trucks to being a hitman for the Bufalino crime family. “I was one of a thousand working stiffs, until I wasn’t no more”, Sheeran says over clips of him driving a car and standing next to a truck filled with meat.
The trailer also expands on the Sheeran-Hoffa storyline shown in the previous trailer, with clips of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Hoffa asking Sheeran if he wants to be a part of history. “Whatever you need me to do, I’m available”, Sheeran replies.
The Irishman had a limited theatrical release and will be available on Netflix November 27 onwards.