1. The Many Saints of Newark – Movie Review
  2. The Many Saints of Newark Review
  3. Everything Wrong With The Many Saints of Newark – Soprano Theories
  4. The Many Saints Of Newark Review
  5. Mob Movie FAIL!? The Many Saints of Newark (An Attack Against The Italian-American Mafia)
  7. The Many Saints of Newark Review – Soprano Theories

The Many Saints of Newark – Movie Review

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charismatic you kind,of feel for the guy it the movie all,right well this is my big confession i,havent seen the sopranos i planned on,catching up on the series before this,movie came out i got through season one,really enjoyed it like i got through,season one sounds negative i dont mean,it that way but i watched season one,wanted to watch more but then life,things happened and it kind of set me,back on that but what i really,appreciated about the sopranos is a,thing that i thought they nailed in here,in terms of oh yeah thats from the show,which is this worlds ability to go from,all right family drama crime they never,hide that but you know you get to the,point where youre empathizing with some,characters youre like you know there,there are some good people and oh my god,that was horrifically violent the movie,does what the show does which is get you,to the point where you forget that these,are,hardened gangsters and criminals who are,capable of doing really horrific things,to people and also there are some,standout performances in here vera,farmiga plays tony sopranos mother,which even in season one youre like is,she just a cranky old lady or is she,emotionally manipulative,and an and yeah you even get,that in the trailer where the school,administrator whoever is like oh your,son hes really smart shes like,rolls her eyes i thought she was great,also ray leotas in this movie which at,first i just appreciated the fact that,ray liottas in this mob movie and its,kind of hard to talk about his character,and who he plays but at first he didnt,really stand out to me but then at a,point in this movie ray leota steals the,scenes hes in hes a man of few words,but hes more of a presence hes the,person in this movie hes probably the,smartest and wisest of all the people in,the movie and he got to that point,because of the life hes lived because,he has learned from the mistakes hes,made hes a man who just accepts the,reality of his situation i just i loved,him also young tony soprano who i didnt,know was james gandalfinis son playing,him but when i saw the trailer i was,like,thats his son or his clone pick one,james gandolfini in the limited amount,of the sopranos that i have seen is,undeniably incredible on that show i,thought michael gandalfini i mean those,are some big shoes for him to fill i,just thought he was really good in the,movie and i thought the movie was also,really good for tony sopranos character,it would have been so easy for it to,revolve around tony soprano but hes not,in the game yet at this point in his,life so it really wouldnt be a mob,movie it wouldnt be as interesting its,better to have tony soprano be a support,character in here and kind of show,the way he kind of gets interested in,this world it also makes it feel much,more real you know its like tony,soprano became tony soprano,but he didnt mean to its not like the,world was just parting the shoes like,hello tony soprano we have table right,here waiting for you because youre,special and because this is your life,for most of us out there if a movie was,made about our lives itd either be,boring or youd have to concentrate on a,more interesting element thats around,your life in which you would be a,supporting character thats just the,harsh reality of life and it feels more,special the fact that he becomes much,bigger in his adult life than he ever,expected to be i thought that was a,smart play on the movies part make tony,soprano one piece but a larger picture,at hand leslie odom jr in this movie is,also on the rise it but thats the part,where im like i dont feel resolution,with that arc and thats where as much,as i feel like its an advantageous,thing for me to watch this movie from,the eyes of someone who really hasnt,seen the sopranos its a good metric to,be like do i have to have watched,sopranos in order to enjoy this movie or,not um i dont know if theres,resolution with that arc in the series,and largely i felt like the movie,abruptly did end it was just like oh and,its over,okay it leaves it open for like a sequel,could happen that concentrates more,around tony soprano sure or its a,one-off that completely abruptly ends,you just pick up years later where tony,soprano was tony soprano but i have my,answer now do you need to watch the,soprano series in order to enjoy this,movie i dont think so no i didnt this,movie does its part to be its own,compelling mob story it has easter eggs,and references that you will recognize,if you have seen the series also theres,a spoiler at the beginning of this movie,so theres that i was watching i was,like oh so all right well i have that,answer my own fault i should have,watched it before now but its a movie,if you love mob movies you can enjoy,this movie just on its own merits and if,you love the sopranos youll get more,out of it absolutely and for nothing,else im interested to watch the entire,series of the sopranos then watch this,movie again and experience it completely,differently theres something cool about,that i like that i had a really great,time with this movie no alcohol required,all right so the many saints of newark,have you seen it are you gonna see it,are you looking forward to it are you,soprano super fan whatever you think,comment below let me know and as always,if you like what youve seen here and,you want to see more click right here to,see more,[Music],you

The Many Saints of Newark Review

its been 14 years since we last saw the,sopranos on tv screens but prequel film,the many saints of newark is here to,satiate our appetites for mobster drama,it soars when it focuses on the iconic,characters of hbos acclaimed series,getting the mafia aspects right and only,falters when it tries to add too much to,the sopranos universe in its limited,two-hour time frame,still this should satisfy fans whove,been missing or re-watching the beloved,show over the past decade and a half,pain comes from always wanting things,but who do i know,im a murderer although this is in part,tony sopranos origin story the film,largely centers on the man tony idolized,growing up dickie maltesanti during the,late 1960s to the mid-1970s,fans of the series will recognize that,name as hes the father of tonys,ill-fated right-hand man christopher who,also serves as our narrator from beyond,the grave tonys mostly an observer,dickie is the really interesting cell,here and we learned that he served as,tonys main influence into the mafia,world,the two have a lot in common aside from,just their violent tempers dickie like,tony believes hes the hero in his own,story and justifies his terrible actions,by trying to do some good you know,despite the murders and money laundering,the only problem is that were given,just two hours to get to know this,character versus the 86 episodes we,spent with tony even with the inclusion,of a voice of reason and dickies,incarcerated uncle played wonderfully by,ray liotta it never feels like dickie,could wipe the red in his ledger clean,alessandro nivola is fantastic as the,tormented character playing this,morality push and pull beautifully and,convincingly meanwhile in a much buzzed,about casting michael gandolfini steps,into the shoes of tony the role his late,father james gandolfini made iconic,he does a great job playing the younger,version of this famous character looking,and sounding a lot like the tony soprano,will eventually meet,vera farmingha also stands out as tonys,mother livia and reflects the utter,chaos that we saw in her in the original,series the sopranos creator david chase,and co-writer lawrence connor who,returned for the prequel obviously have,an intimate understanding of italian,mobster stories and the film is at its,best when it comes to the family aspect,of mafia life,its when the many saints of newark,attempts to expand the mobster universe,to include other rival gangs that it,starts to feel disjointed its clear,that harold dickeys muscle and enforcer,played by leslie odom jr is tired of the,italians taking over the city including,the black neighborhoods and wants to,take control by any means necessary,adding to the racial tension are the,1967 newark riots happening in the,backdrop its obvious that this,narrative is important to harolds,actions and motivations but the film,doesnt really follow up on it this,aspect of the plot really just ends up,feeling empty harold 2 is mostly,sidelined in the third act never giving,us a proper resolution for his and,dickys strained relationship the,movies biggest obstacle is really its,lack of time it makes sense that it,focuses more on tony in the third act,after all we want to know how dickys,story connects to the eventual dawn but,as interesting as it is to explore,tonys youth its to the detriment of,dickie and harolds stories the sopranos,thrived by creating nuanced and flawed,characters with rich storylines and,brilliant performances the many saints,of newark has all the elements to be,just as good but falls flat when it,tries to add too many layers to the,story with such limited time,if hbo max decides to take this up a,notch in green lights a limited series,it has the potential to be great when i,was a kid,guys like me were brought up to follow,coach the many saints of newark gets the,italian mafia drama right with dickie,maltesantis narrative at the forefront,led by a superb performance by,alessandro nivola the film shines when,it has its iconic characters going,through morally complex personal and,professional issues but occasionally,tries to stuff in too many new,storylines in only two hours,still it has many of the ingredients of,what made the original great and should,leave nostalgic fans satisfied for more,check out our reviews of halloween kills,and dune and for everything else stick,with ign,as far as your nephew goes,im listening,stay out of his life,oh

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Everything Wrong With The Many Saints of Newark – Soprano Theories

hello everyone soprano theories here and,welcome back to the channel before we,get started if you love these sopranos,and are new to the channel be sure to,click subscribe and click the bell to,get notifications on upcoming sopranos,content as here at soprano theories we,here post sopranos related content every,week and be sure to follow me on twitter,and instagram ah yes the gangster genre,mafia films gangster films crime films,or whatever you want to call them are,seriously one of the greatest genres in,the history of cinema as the genre,itself has produced some of the most,iconic and popular films of all time,especially with titles such as the,godfather trilogy goodfellas casino and,scarface all under its belt however due,to the popularity of the genre and the,reception films received by fans and,critics not all gangster films are a hit,when traditionally thinking of some of,the worst gangster films theres a few,that regularly come to mind of course,who could forget the atrocious 2018,crime drama gotti that was a disgrace to,the legend of john gotti and seriously,put a damper on the career of john,travolta and theres even the more,recent lansky directed by eton rockway,that featured everyones favorite actor,john maguero and depending on who you,ask black mask is a subpar film thanks,to the film being carried by the amazing,johnny depp recently some critics and,fans would say that the gangster genre,has died especially with the recent,letdowns in films such as the card,counter the irishman and now with the,many saints of newark the mixed reviews,of the many saints of newark brings up,the question is it one of the worst,gangster films of all time like i said,in my review of the film with the,sopranos being so brilliant in every way,its difficult for the many saints of,newark to live up to the hype or even,come remotely close to the greatest,television series of all time when i,first walked out of the theater after,watching the many saints of newark i,couldnt really tell how i felt part of,me really wanted to say that it was,great just because the film is attached,to the greatest television series ever,produced and because the sopranos is,near and dear to my heart but another,part of me was just questioning what,exactly i just witnessed for the last,two short hours and while i do think the,film is light years ahead of an,atrocious mafia debacle like gotti,however that isnt necessarily something,to be proud of the marketing for the,film provided so much hype around the,film as fans were finally going to see,the supposed origins and beginnings of,an individual like tony soprano and what,drove him in life to become a sociopath,in the first place even the films,posters supported this narrative with,the bold headlines that read who made,tony soprano however as you all know,this wasnt the case at all as,throughout the films two-hour run time,we basically received the opposite of,the tony soprano origin tale as the film,tends to shine a light on alessandro,novollas dickie moltesanti and how he,was able to balance his work life as a,gangster and his personal life by,mentoring a young tony soprano and,maintaining a healthy relationship with,harold mcbrayer his father and,girlfriend joe supina this eerily,parallels the characteristics and,character of tony soprano where he had,to balance his life as a mob boss and a,family man the films marketing led,audiences to believe that dickie was,held accountable for the awful human,being that tony soprano developed into,throughout the sopranos the film does,follow the early adolescent years of a,young tony soprano but rather the many,saints of newark wasnt the movie fans,were hoping for and it certainly wasnt,the movie fans expected it to be we,never truly saw who made tony soprano in,the first place as michael gandolfinis,portrayal of his fathers iconic,character just serves in the background,for the majority of the film as most,fans like myself were hoping for a tony,soprano origin tale where we actually,got to grow up alongside tony the film,drifted away from the most important and,beloved character from the series fans,never got to see tonys first murder of,really overall that took place during,labor day weekend in 1982 we never got,to see tony playing football or,establishing his relationship with coach,molinero we also never got to see the,infamous card heist that tony and jackie,pulled off as youngsters that solidified,their status as up-and-comers in the,mafia ranks michael gandolfinis,portrayal of his fathers legendary role,takes a backseat throughout the entirety,of the film which is sad because it,feels as if gandalfinis character,wasnt really needed at all the films,three storylines the newark race riots,the narrative of harold mcbrayer and the,narrative of dickie moltesanti all feel,disjointed and didnt mesh well,throughout the films plot at times,throughout the film the three storylines,dont display any sort of connection,whatsoever and made me question the arc,of the film the films extremely short,two-hour run time doesnt support its,cause either as just when the film,starts to get good the film suddenly,ends and leaves you wanting more the,film sort of has this indie movie vibe,to it whether it was some of the acting,camera shots lighting audio quality and,locations it all sort of felt cheap and,rushed its quite possible that this was,an opportunity at a cash grab from die,hard soprano fans who had been foaming,at the mouth for anything sopranos,related for 15 years the acting is,something that seriously tarnishes the,films reputation while the performances,from alessandro nervola as dickie ray,liotta as hollywood dick and even jon,berthnal as johnny boy soprano are fine,its the acting from vera farmiga as,livia and michaela de rossi as joe,subpoena are what really carries the,film in my opinion birth and all feels,underutilized as well as the narration,from michael imperiolis character,christopher moltesanti dickys son as he,narrates from the grave in a brilliant,way but its the beloved fan favorite,characters such as big [ __ ] paulie,walnuts and especially silvio dante that,didnt feel real and authentic and,tarnished the films reputation this is,especially true for the character of,silvio performed by john maguero felt,more of an impression rather than acting,as well as most of his lines and,character mannerisms came off as cheesy,and fell flat from the silvio fans had,come to know and love from the series,but the films biggest acting flaw is,that of michael gandolfini while its,extremely difficult to fulfill any,actors shoes and even more so when its,your fathers most iconic role and one,of televisions best performances of all,time gandolfini falls flat at what made,tony soprano so great in the first place,while gandalfini didnt have the most,screen time throughout the film when he,is seen on screen he can often be seen,slurring his words and delivering a weak,performance most of the time as fans,were not treated to this tough macho and,masculine figure a tony soprano was but,rather audiences were treated to this,confused teenager while i personally,think gandalfini did a fine job at,stepping into his fathers role this is,just what i think audiences thought,about his performance some of my,favorite parts from gandalfini is with,him and livia at the kitchen table which,provides a glimpse into the love-hate,relationship that of tony and his mother,in a way the film feels as if it didnt,need the character of tony at all really,if you think about it without the,character of tony soprano does the,films plot and storyline change the,answer is no as tony feels forced into,the film due to his likability in being,the seriess protagonist as the film,doesnt even focus on tony soprano at,all despite all these criticisms the,film does make you feel as if youre in,newark during the 1960s and 1970s its,costume design and set locations are,amazing from the hair makeup suits cars,and current events and music we so

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The Many Saints Of Newark Review

i do have my review i know a lot of,people are waiting for my review of the,many saints of newark,which i did see over the weekend and i,gotta tell ya,its fantastic its one of the,best,prequel sequel things ive ever seen,it explains,so much,the characters are great,i was at the edge of my seat the whole,time no i wasnt,what a,steaming,pile of [ __ ] this was,steaming pile of [ __ ],i get i get caught every time,i i get my hopes up,i watch the trailer,these trailers they order they really,its all just pure false advertising,trailers they cut it in a way and,theyre like oh whats that,oh what happened there,and then you watch the movie youre like,oh yeah that was,either they take the best parts,of a movie and just shove them in a,trailer,or uh they misrepresent what youre,seeing in the trailer by cutting it,together in a way where youre like oh,okay that didnt really happen that way,or,uh,the worst part of the many saints of,newark,is the the boringness,it was a bore,nothing happened,there wasnt any real story to it,not,youre like all right this is the dicky,multisano story,the story of christophers dad dickie,and uh,the early days of,the uh,the soprano kind of um,uh family,uh the people that we were familiar with,from from the sopranos,uh,getting together,which we knew back by the 90s and and,whatnot uh,and early 2000s that they show on the tv,show what theyll turn out to be,um and you kind of wanted that,you dont get it,you get,an occasional glimpse,of a caricature of those,characters that we we saw,knew and loved or hated from other,sopranos,in a presented to you in a,cheap snl sketch,kind of way,uh that doesnt make sense it was it was,pure fan service as they call it,uh i like like i love red letter media i,[ __ ] love their reviews of things,and whenever they review a star wars,movie,uh,theres one guy whos the guy whos kind,of like round and and has a high voice,not rig richie rich i dont know,but uh,he he just goes they as theyre showing,the movie he goes oh an added,look its the millennium falcon,and youre supposed to just love it just,because of that,you know,and thats what this was,like apolly walnuts thats all i was,thinking,look,junior says your sisters [ __ ],thats what we want to see,and i think the people that thought that,it was a good movie,like bought into that,oh look its still with his wig,youre like no,no open your eyes that doesnt make a,good movie,its,junk,like i said no real storyline its,supposed to be about uh dickie,moltesanti christophers dad,and,it was,the most surface,no substance to it at all like i said no,real storyline,and you were supposed to see,how dicky multicenti who who tony,soprano brought up in the sopranos a few,times as,literally he said he was his mentor,this was the guy,that,transformed tony,from,a a kind of i dont know a a dummy kind,of football player,high school,didnt really do much,into like set him on the course,to what he would become a mob boss,whatever the [ __ ],and from this movie i think they spent,10 minutes together i think they spent,10 minutes together,and it was not a a heavy 10 minutes,it it was so,unsatisfying,you have left me unsee at this fiat,unsatisfying and uh unnecessary,like when you when you make a a prequel,to something,which kind of sucks right from the,get-go a prequel because you know,theres no real mystery,youre like oh is he in trouble is he,gonna get killed no you know hes not,going to get killed because this is a,prequel why is my phone on my volume,hell was i thinking,so you know nothings going to happen to,him so that suspense is gone,and uh,like the like i said the tony and dickie,maltesanti thing was supposed to be this,big part of tonys life,dickie multison oh my god,and it was nothing and heres my [ __ ],take,on the tony soprano story angle in the,many saints of newark,they cast michael gandolfini james,gandolfinis son,uh james gandolfini just a,monstrous presence on screen,uh,you you could not i defy i think,when you look at roles that people have,played,in movies tv shows whatever,and you always go wow i i cant imagine,anyone else playing that role,i dont think youll find a situation,that,represents that more than tony soprano,being james gandolfini,theres no one who could have done that,and made it as perfect as james,gandolfini did,he was just a great actor he he he,grabbed that part up and played it to a,t,now you get his son michael gandolfini,youre like all right,i could see a resemblance,you know,like frank sinatra and frank sinatra jr,but uh is the charisma there is the,the acting chops now granted its,the kids hes a young guy,he hasnt had the experience in acting,this is pretty much his first gig i saw,him in that uh jersey down the shore,movie with james galifini that shitty,indie movie i watched the other night,from,the early 2000s mid-2000s i think im,im sorry,um,and and he was in it he was five years,old on a carousel,like thats that was his acting,experience,james gandolfini probably went yeah put,him in a [ __ ] carousel itll be,interesting,and uh,then he he has to play,young tony soprano,youre like,thats a tough nut right there,and i dont think he did very well,and it looked like,just kind of a prop,like a publicity thing hey by the way,michael gandolfini jamess son is in it,it seemed like what they did was they,filmed these various,vignettes,little moments,where tony was with people that you go,look,its carmela,and youre like oh see i get it,and and it,then they shoved those into a shitty,movie,like all right heres tony at a phone,booth hes calling,uh dicky,and someone else and,we could put carmela there,and well put whats his name from,[ __ ] vesuvio well put him there,artie artie bucco,with hair,and and then well uh yeah i put it,right there just shove it shove it in,the movie there,oh look we got tony hes,hes bouncing a basketball and dickies,just killed his dad in the [ __ ],garage,yeah shove that here shove that in there,it was,like blatantly shoehorned in just to say,look tony soprano,just fan service,the whole any scene with tony in it was,pure fan service,they had him with um richie uh uh,no not richie um um,jackie,jackie senior jackie april senior,and and it was like oh okay,none of it mattered,none of it gave you any insight into,anything,and and please stay on the line if you,got a call id like to see other,peoples uh uh take on this,but uh it added nothing,then,and and a lot of people thought this,would be my biggest issue with it and it,wasnt,like i understand i can watch movies,that,uh feel they have to be woke,i initially you know,i go ah [ __ ] okay but if the movies,good if the storys good the writing the,acting is good ill deal with,that [ __ ],but this is just its a shitty movie and,the other shitty angle to it was,yeah,the woke pranos it was it was woke,uh,african americans,in the sopranos tv show,had a very limited role,they were relegated to,uh being,second-class citizens to the sopranos,or a crooked um community organizer,when they put together that housing um,thing the hud hud deal,uh and and drug dealers and crack heads,and,props for the italians to drop in bombs,and and you know not give any respect to,uh which was accurate,thats an accurate portrayal,anyone who would be mad at that why why,dont they get a better well because,its from the,italian mafia perception,of people,so theyre going to look at women as,[ __ ],and theyre going to look at black,people as [ __ ] animal that they have,to you know use occasionally but dont,ever give respect to,well im watching this [ __ ] many,saints in newark and theyre at the pork,store,its satrialis,and a black guy just walks in the back,door,he just walks in to conduct business,this isnt even like a big,guy either,this isnt like a black guy like that,has a,mob thing or,just walks in and no one goes what the,[ __ ] are you doing in here you,well,it was it was this um,kind of,2021 pced up version,theres a scene there was supposed to be,i think the initial idea,that david chase had,was,let

Mob Movie FAIL!? The Many Saints of Newark (An Attack Against The Italian-American Mafia)

what im saying i i mean this movie man,if i saw david chase i would call and,say who do you think you are coming,through on there,its obvious yeah i mean i would tell,them what are you trying to prove what,im listening to its like a two-bit,film,its just ridiculous,today i have the very painful honor i,would say an honor only because of all,of you of reviewing many saints of,newark,and i can only tell you this david chase,if i had you in front of me i wish i was,still in the mob watch the review,[Music],[Music],hey everybody welcome to another sit,down with michael francis hope everybody,is doing well all is good on this end,before i get started yes the sammy thing,is happening just gotta have some,patience 22 hours of film it was a big,deal its gonna happen so just relax you,know patrick bet david is really in,charge of this thing at least he thinks,he is no he is and theyre working on it,and youre gonna hear some announcements,soon im getting bombarded with,questions michael you came out too soon,its okay its going to happen and,youre going to love it guaranteed,youre going to want to see the dynamic,between the two of us unscripted,remember that whats today its mob,movie monday that is a follower favorite,of mine and today i have the,pleasure or displeasure of reviewing the,many saints of newark now before i start,and everybodys been asking me about it,just came out you know october 1st,before i start let me tell you this,the sopranos was one of the greatest,series of all time if not the greatest,because not only was it great but it was,groundbreaking it led the way for all,the other series great series i might,add to follow it kind of elevated,television series i loved it im going,to be honest i didnt see the entire,series hey im a former mob guy,sometimes i dont watch all the mob,stuff maybe you dont understand that,hopefully you can but what ive seen of,it i like a lot,i also had the pleasure privilege of,meeting many of the sopranos cast,recently i had a sit down with federico,castellucci the nabolidan enforcer,noticed they picked anomaly down not a,sicilian to be the enforcer because we,were the real strength behind the mob i,know im gonna get wrapped on that one,but hey im not lay down what do you,what do you expect i had the pleasure of,meeting a number of others vinnie pastor,i spent time at sopranos khan all great,people it was a brilliantly written show,a brilliantly acted show some of it,wasnt always tremendously authentic,didnt have to be because the story,lines were great loved it the family,dynamic everything about it i loved so i,want to make that perfectly clear before,we get into the review,now,let me get to the many saints of newark,people i want to tell you this sometimes,you wonder why a film was made,now in this case i can understand,because i understand the business side,of making movies and that is the,sopranos anything thats kind of related,to the sopranos has name recognition,people are interested in it they want to,see it so the many saints of newark is,allegedly the prequel to the soprano so,yeah on a business sense people are,going to buy tickets theyre going to,watch it theyre going to go and see it,i understand that was there some kind of,passion involved in making this movie,hey it had to be done because sopranos,was so great,i dont know,honestly i didnt see that in the movie,and i want to make this very clear right,now,i did not like it at all,i didnt see any redeeming qualities in,this film at all for me it failed on,every level im going to get even deeper,on that personally,i was a little bit offended by the movie,not as a former mob guy,well maybe a little bit as a former mob,guy because so many things that i saw,were not what happened in my former life,but as an italian-american,i feel a bit offended and i think any,italian-american that watches this movie,is going to feel the same way because,they portrayed us as really bad people,italians across the board just really,bad people and i didnt like that i,thought it was unnecessary i dont know,what the writers or david chase was,trying to prove in this he was trying to,if he was trying to say i was thinking,about it was tony soprano so screwed up,because of what he saw in his childhood,thats why he became tony soprano thats,why he went into the mob thats why he,had psychiatric issues he had to sit,with the psychiatrist im trying to,figure that out but even if that were,the case it could have been done a lot,more tastefully,thats number one number two,this whole contrived thing with uh you,know the racial issue that they brought,in the blacks you know rioting in newark,at that time yeah there was some truth,to that but they werent rioting because,of italians or because of the mob but,because of italian americans and there,was no rivalry between italian americans,and the mob and the blacks at that time,didnt happen so why that had to be,created in this film i dont know,you know to me it was almost like are,you trying to create animosity between,you know what former mob guys were in,blacks are you trying to do that i,didnt see any reason for doing that and,it was kind of disturbing especially in,this climate what do we need that for,number one it wasnt true and number two,why do we have to put that in peoples,psyche in their head hey the mob guys,didnt like blacks you know what im,going to say this out front right away,and people are going to knock me forward,yeah italian mob guys were prejudiced,towards blacks let me tell you something,prejudicial exists in every race,nationality just the way it is it wasnt,specific for mob guys against blacks or,blacks against mob guys thats not true,some of my dads dearest friends and,some of my friends were black,african-american whatever,thats nonsense and im telling you that,right now and so i dont care if you,knocked me forward thats the truth that,wasnt my experience growing up racism,exists in the world it will until the,end of time it didnt have to be,portrayed in this movie falsely as it,was i dont know what that was trying to,accomplish you know they even brought it,like it was a war between the blacks and,the italians the mob the same thing they,did in godfather of harlem but it was,done a lot more tastefully there was a,story behind that they worked together,it was different,this it was just defensive it was,unnecessary i dont even know why it was,brought in are they trying to be woke at,this point in time if youre going to be,woke do it the right way do it with,class you know do it with integrity you,dont try to start more trouble thats,not what movies are about thats number,one,number two im sorry when i look at a,mob movie authenticity means everything,for me thats why i loved the hbo gotti,movie with armand asante thats why i,love the godfather even though it was a,fictional movie it was done in such good,taste the dialogue the acting the,writing primo terrific wonderful,goodfellas same thing,donnie bresco same thing,bronx tales same thing these movies are,in a whole different category when i,look at the many saints of newark its,like,painful to go through,you know offensive yes and painful the,dialogue cheesy,the acting it wasnt authentic im sorry,it just wasnt and nobody in that movie,was believable to me in their role just,wasnt john berthnal who i happen to,love hes a brilliant actor as a matter,of fact in the series about my life hes,one of the top names that the production,company frank marshall kennedy marshall,is considering to play my dad he even,looks like my dad hes a brilliant actor,love everything that he does,but when the written word on the script,is not the right words not even the,actor can do it right because it doesnt,appear authentic and john birth and all,he couldnt save this movie im saying,nobody could okay and im not blaming,the actors im not saying theyre bad,actors they got to go according to the,script they got to go according to the,storyline now one thing i do know about,david chase iv


hello everybody today im going to be,reviewing the many saints of newark this,film was directed by alan taylor,everyone who watches this channel,regularly knows,i am the biggest sopranos fan ever,huge sopranos fan uh to the point where,if you ever decide you know i want to,play trivial pursuit lets do sopranos,edition oh im going to win so who,better to review this film uh than a,die-hard soprano span because really who,else is going to see this movie,you know like this is a movie for,sopranos fans and i dont really think,there are that many people clamoring out,there for a film depicting the 1967,newark riots im sure theres a small,amount of people that do but its a its,a small market most people are here for,you know what theyre here for and i i,think a lot of people are probably,thinking this is going to be like a,typical prequel of sorts like its going,to be a tony soprano origin story but,its sort of like a hybrid thats,combining the historical event and the,sopranos timeline as it would have,existed at that particular time uh so,youre not going to get some huge,insight into tony sopranos origins or,anything like that because hes not the,focus here anybody who has been,following just the many saints of newark,and all that they know this is going to,be a story about dickie moltasanti who,is of course christophers father and,the guy that tony looked up to so much,saw him as a hero while he was growing,up so this kind of fills in uh a lot of,that because you know hes only really,discussed uh from afar in the show and,to me you know i was thinking to myself,you know its its kind of an,interesting idea i like that theyre,maybe doing something a little bit,different but uh,overall i just i i have not had um good,feelings about this movie just the whole,project in general i kind of feel like a,sopranos movie of any sort is a bad idea,whether its a prequel or if it had been,just a movie that took place after the,show to me its completely,counterintuitive,to what the show stands for in every,sense the sopranos just as a world and,how weve grown to know it it is about,capturing,the world in a very modern sense uh and,you know its about the decaying idea of,what the american dream stands for at a,certain point in life and the romantic,notions of what the mob stood for,certainly its a show about morality of,course but its its a show really about,mortality in in a much deeper way than,most mob stories uh explore it is about,the fear of it the weight of it how much,it aches from day to day and ultimately,you know how meaningless life is at the,same time which is a very bitter very,powerful,sort of feeling and for me thats why it,resonates so strongly and i do think for,a lot of people thats why it resonates,it just captures the aspects of life,that we are so afraid to examine within,ourselves uh and it does so which is,such nuance just profound intelligence,the greatest characters ever and some of,the greatest performances ever for,television,by my estimation it was just magic,and its one of those things where you,just know theres no way they could ever,capture that again in the same way,and it takes a very very bold person to,want to open all of that,up i think especially with completely,different actors and a completely,different timeline and all of that but i,think the reason why the sopranos is so,so special and why we all love it is,precisely because its a different,format you know its not a movie it is,television that is where the sopranos,had the freedom to get to stand apart,from the other very typical uh mob,stories that we know so it really could,delve into those themes that i was,talking about and how you can slowly and,cleverly really deconstruct uh the,romantic ideals that are filtered,through this pop culture and when you,have a film thats fine but i think it,needs to be suited for a film format and,you know for something like this its,going to cut off all of those elements,that i think that you need and it,reduces what is meaningful about the,original source material to very brief,like hints like just bullet points,really youre only getting to touch on,the things that the sopranos explored uh,so brilliantly with this sense of like,post-modern risk and rock and roll to it,uh exploring the human condition without,it,it just feels like a generic,second-rate scorsese film without all,the in between i think the sopranos when,its at its best its about almost,nothing really its all you know its,about the incidental i think when its,powerful uh you know all the focus is,more on the mundane the monotonous and,you know not only that but the show,messes a lot with the internal logic and,its constantly subverting our,expectations from what we think a,typical climactic point is supposed to,be where we think the suspense is,supposed to come from in the narrative,and here you know its fine it is just,kind of more of a typical anti-hero mob,story that doesnt really offer any of,that and doesnt really offer anything,new i think that the concept of dickie,moltesanti is an interesting one to um,explore and especially how we get to see,all of that natural resentment from tony,that he projects onto christopher happen,a lot and so we get to see where all of,that comes from,but you know here hes very typical hes,charismatic hes very harsh hes very,much the masculine ideal of that era,which does uh make sense you know the,golden age of mob the mob in new york,and you could argue that this era its,important that it is kind of more,heightened more romanticized because you,know this is the world that tony soprano,sees more as kind of a fantasy and sure,i can understand that maybe to a degree,but more i think aesthetically is where,thats more interesting but i also think,that this limits the work a lot i think,its more interesting to have kind of,those facades of this romanticism and,then slowly see dickie and the,characters around him slowly being,unmasked and revealing you know things,that are really chilling about them you,know maybe dicky moultosantihino i want,to see him more as a loser by the end of,it somebody whos deeply struggling and,conflicted and even pathetic in the ways,that can kind of tie him into the tony,soprano character and here its just,its breezed by its just too fast,unfortunately and we just get too little,time,i think with dickie uh too little time,to care,about all of his bad deeds and how they,start to overwhelm him i think if,anything this should have been a mini,series i understand kind of the appeal,of wanting to make it a movie just,having it to be a short story but it i,dont know it just doesnt work its,just too ambitious theres too much you,want to focus on here in order for it to,work its just kind of like a snapshot,of that world for it to be compelling,and all it really does is reinforce as i,said why the sopranos and that world,should never be,uh in a movie you know its not meant to,be film because when it becomes a film,it simply becomes the thing that it sets,out to deconstruct all the way through,the entire show so again its just its,counter-intuitive the only taste of i,think really compelling really meaty,scenes in the movie where i was really,wanting to see a lot more of that would,be the scenes between dickie and ray,leotas character,ray leota i love as an actor hes its,just its so interesting who hes become,over time you know he started out like,supposed to be this like wide-eyed,handsome guy and good fellas and hes,slowly become this kind of you know kind,of ghostly,crusty steely brutal,type of person with a voice that like i,love the way he enunciates and just like,grovely sound its it works very well,just the gruffness the hardness of his,character is very very interesting very,appealing and i think hes you know a,character who is representing that,internal conflict uh within our main,character in a way that,begins to touch on a little bit of,exploration the scenes with him and,dickie are the more philosophical ones,where

The Many Saints of Newark Review – Soprano Theories

the sopranos is widely viewed as the,single greatest television show of all,time as we all know it served as a,groundbreaking series that changed,television forever by showcasing and,bringing violence to television as well,as introducing audiences to an anti-hero,in tony soprano that inspired countless,of other evil characters that captured,our hearts as without these sopranos,there likely arent series like breaking,bad dexter peaky blinders and ozark or,even characters like walter white for,that matter while a majority of the show,centered around its anti-hero in tony,soprano and his battles with mental,health his relationship with his mother,and trying to balance his work life of,being a mob boss with his family life,and yet at its core the series is much,more than a fictional mob drama that,features who gets whacked and who is,fortunate enough to stay alive what,makes the sopranos so special is that it,features themes of family love loyalty,and has its own comedic charm to it the,sopranos featured six seasons in 86,episodes that delivered brilliance charm,and perfection on a weekly basis every,sunday night and with the many saints of,newarks predecessor being so good it,struggles to recapture what made the,sopranos so great in the first place and,while the many saints of newark clearly,pays homage to its roots of the sopranos,greatness with the many references that,we see throughout the film its,disjointed storyline seems to lack focus,as it leaves us wanting more come the,films ending directed by alan taylor,who directed nine episodes of these,sopranos ironically including the death,of christopher moltesanti and candy and,heidi the film is also written by the,series creator and mastermind behind the,sopranos david chase to begin the film,focuses on three major storylines the,first being the film depicting the,newark race riots that took place in,1967,a real life event that we saw take place,in the sopranos flashback while the,marketing for the film and trailers,tended to make this narrative a driving,point for the film it sadly hides in the,films background as the riots were just,briefly mentioned and just feel randomly,placed within the films first act the,riots purpose to the plot and the,films overall progression didnt seem,to provide enough impact within the film,as the riots were only mentioned in,passing with a few scenes highlighting,the rampage that took place in the,summer of 67. the riots didnt directly,impact the films overall progression,and served no purpose towards the male,crime family and its characters like,dickie moltesanti this brings us to our,second storyline in the film that,focuses on the character of harold,mcbrayer mcbrayer serves as a small time,associate of multisantis as early on in,the film the two can often be seen,together with mcbrayer playing the role,of moltesantis muscle and enforcer its,arguable that the character of mcbrayer,is the only character within the film,that we see grow and develop during the,films brief two-hour run time we watch,his character grow immensely after,mcbear becomes tired of the italian mob,controlling newark and especially the,african-american neighborhoods this,results in a dispute developing between,mcbrayer and montesante all while the,newark race riots are taking place,throughout the city which only results,in more added tension to their,relationship throughout the conflict,between mcbrayer and moltesanti there,are a few side plots and intense scenes,that come up as a result of their,strained relationship but theres never,enough to move the overall story of the,film with mcbreyers growth and,development his questionable large,amount of screen time of a character,that has no relationship with the,audience and the conflict between him,and moltesanti all sadly feel forced,into the film and unnecessary resulting,in the conflict between mcbreyer and,dickie montesanti to be anti-climactic,and unresolved come the films third act,the films third storyline that it,focuses on is a mixture of dickie,moltesantis character growth and,development and his relationship with,his nephew and tony soprano much like,his nephew in the sopranos dickie wants,to change into a better person,throughout the film but never fully,comes to this fabrication of doing a,good deed and becoming a good influence,for tony similarly with the marketing,for the film hammering the notion of the,newark race riots being a focal point,for the film the same can be said in the,narrative of tony soprano as the many,saints of newark characterized the film,as an upbringing of tony soprano the,films marketing led audiences to,believe that dickie montesanti was held,accountable for the awful human being,that tony soprano developed into,throughout the sopranos the film does,follow the early adolescent years of a,young tony soprano but rather the many,saints of newark isnt really a tony,soprano origin story at all at times we,rarely get to see michael gandolfini who,is portraying a younger version of his,fathers iconic role and just when we,seem to be getting more screen time from,a rugged soprano the film is over,sopranos relationship with his supposed,mentor dickie moltesanti is displayed in,the films shadows as towards the end of,the film its storyline tended to focus,on the overall character growth and,development of dickie moltesanti we,never truly get to see any character,development from michael gandolfinis,portrayal of the iconic role his father,played however despite all of the,confusion and the unorganization within,the narrative structure the many saints,of newark has its own charisma and,atmosphere from start to finish the film,does a good job at providing a,compelling structure that will keep,audiences entertained a big reason for,this great sense of concentration is the,cinematography and its lighting as there,are numerous moments throughout the film,that are reminiscent of taylors work on,these sopranos the films costumes set,design and music all feel nostalgic and,really make you feel as if youre,growing up throughout the 1960s and,1970s the films introduction and,decision to use a deceased christopher,moltesanti the son of dickie moltesanti,to be the films narrator works,flawlessly and at times is underutilized,there are also some stellar performances,here too as alessandro nivola michael,gandolfini ray liotta and michaela de,rossi are all fantastic throughout the,film but its vera farmigas brilliant,portrayal however of the delusional,olivia soprano that distracts you from,the disjointed narrative of the film as,she reflects her deranged personality,that she displayed in these sopranos,even corey stolls brief role of uncle,junior adds a level of charm towards the,film that is reminiscent of these,sopranos but much like gandalfinis,brief portrayal of tony soprano stoles,role of uncle junior leaves us wanting,more but its the fan favorite,characters of silvio dante paulie,walnuts and big [ __ ] that are most,disappointing throughout the film while,john magueros portrayal of silvio dante,does have a few good lines and,mannerisms throughout the film his,portrayal of the loyal consolieri,appeared more as an impression rather,than acting and paulie and [ __ ] were,simply not given enough screen time the,many saints of newark does enough to be,viewed as its own individual film but,wont be looked at in the upper echelon,of gangster films within the genre sure,its costume designs set design and,star-studded cast make audiences,nostalgic of these sopranos attention to,detail however the many saints of newark,simply lacks a clear focus and narrative,all while running on an incredibly short,two-hour run time the many saints of,newark truly makes us appreciate the,sopranos brilliance charisma and,hilariousness and charm that was,featured in every single episode the,films ending does leave an opening for,a potential mini series if chase does,decide to go down that route well thats,my review of the many saints of newark,if i had t

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