The Many Saints of Newark was fun, but it left me wanting more, and I doubt people who didn’t watch the show will be as effective to them!!!
3.5 Mob Soldiers
What I Like:
-After recently watching the original series, this was a fine prequel, seeing younger versions of the characters and what they did back in the late 60’s early 70’s was fun to see
-What really made this fun was the actors they got to portray the younger characters, they got the looks and the mannerisms down to the T, and of course Michael Gandolfini playing a young Tony Soprano was a great gesture to portray his late father in this iconic character, plus Corey Stoll playing a younger Junior Soprano was very spot on
The So So:
-The story was interesting, seeing the mobsters life in Newark, New Jersey in the late 60’s early 70’s was interesting, I also liked how they tied it in with the Newark Riots in 1967, however, it did seem like they try to put a lot into a two hour movie, which lead to some plotholes that left me wanting more to see what happens next, but seeing how a young Tony Soprano was raised by his uncle Dickie Moltisanti does explain a lot on why Tony became the man he was in the series
What I Didn’t Like:
-I believe if you didn’t watch the series before watching this movie, it won’t be as fun then for the people who did, there’s definitely a lot of fan service here, and for the others, it might be a typical mob movie
-One casting I didn’t like was John Magaro as Sylvio Dante, I liked Sylvio in the series because he was always the voice of reason, but here I didn’t think John Magaro quite captured his character as his younger self
If you’re a fan of the series, you will enjoy this movie. With that said, I can’t say the same for the people who hasn’t watched the series. It could be nothing special for them. The casting was great seeing all the characters as their younger selves. The story was interesting, but it left me wanting to see more. The huge plotholes does make me hope for a sequel to this prequel. If not, than it is just an average movie for everyone!!!
3.5 Mob Soldiers