Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are arguably the best director-actor group in American cinema. It was magic from the second De Niro swaggered right into a bar to “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” in “Meant Streets,” they usually went on to make seven extra movies collectively earlier than Leonardo DiCaprio finally outdated him because the director’s go-to actor.
Not all of them have been hits. “New York New York” acquired mediocre opinions and “The King of Comedy” was a large flop that many individuals did not get on the time, solely changing into thought to be one other Scorsese traditional after essential reappraisal. Regardless of the odd wobble, their partnership has offered De Niro with a few of his most memorable roles, equivalent to Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver” and Jimmy Conway in “Goodfellas,” and received him his solely Finest Actor Oscar to this point for “Raging Bull.”
Their collaborations took a 24-year hiatus (not counting the $70 million promo “The Audition”) after “On line casino” in 1995, which, by the way, was the yr that De Niro had his well-known sit-down over espresso with Al Pacino in “Warmth.” The scene marked the primary time that the actors, maybe essentially the most gifted of their technology, met collectively onscreen. When De Niro lastly reconvened with Scorsese, it was additionally with Pacino once more for “The Irishman.” The movie was a welcome return to type for the 2 actors, giving us a reminder of why they’re so revered.
De Niro had saved himself busy because the flip of the century, however, like Pacino and another massive names from the ’70s, his roles have been largely a dim shadow of his earlier heights. For each good flip like his efficiency in “Silver Linings Playbook,” there have been fairly a number of duds like “Showtime” and “Soiled Grandpa.” In the identical interval, Leonardo DiCaprio established himself Scorsese’s new muse.