Tony Soprano is back, and it’s still very personal as the first reviews The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, is now in. So, it’s worth returning to the violent, sometimes frightening, often hilarious world of the New Jersey gangster and thus exploring his early years, perhaps even gaining further insight into what makes the future boss tick. ? Well, yes, that’s the short answer, but the consensus seems to be that you’ll get a lot more out of it if you’m already a fan.
“The Many Saints of Newark hit harder than you know the family – and the ‘family’ and care about it, at the heart of the story.”
Sean O’Connell of CinemaBlend definitely felt that the events in The Many Saints of Newark hit much harder if you are already well acquainted with this world and these characters. This is an opinion shared by David Ehrlich of IndieWire, who also felt that the film was somewhat held back by its own mythology, a mythology that would benefit you from already understanding.
“Equal parts of unlimited trailer service and gripping crowd drama; a clumsy devil’s handshake from a movie suffocated to death by the same mythology, and also uses a masterful origin story about cyclical violence and the sins of the father. “
Clarisse Loughrey of The Independent, however, finds much to like The Many Saints of Newark, arguing that the film also serves fans The Sopranos and manages to take the celebrity in different directions, adding even more intrigue to the critically acclaimed television series.
“The Many Saints of Newark is immediately recognizable and in some way untouchable. It’s also fierce and brilliant – a work that further expands and complicates the cultural legacy of The Sopranos.”
Much praise is also expressed about the performances of Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti and Leslie Odom Jr. as Harold McBrayer, with David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter calling them both ‘convincing’, although he found fault with the film itself, ” The Many Saints of Newark is more of a distracting footnote than an invaluable extension of the colossal legacy of the program. “Leah Greenblatt of EW felt the same way about the performances and described Nivola’s work as ‘soulful and tormented’ while praising the film itself because she felt just enough like the excellent series that preceded it.” Saints can not be what Sopranos are. was not – without the time or those who got lost to tell it, I avoided it. “But for a few hundred minutes it feels close enough to come home again,” Greenblatt said.
This is in comparison with the series where The Many Saints of Newark starts to stumble a bit, with AA Dowd from AV Club finding the characters and plot too thin; “What he finds in this preconceived Sopranos prediction is far less interesting than what he has planted in our heads over six seasons.”
In fact, Brian Lowry of CNN.com even argued that it might be The Many Saints of Newark it would have been better to avoid the duration of the function and rather develop it as a television series The Sopranos.
“The Many Saints of Newark” turns out to be a believable and rewarding film. But with a little more seasoning and time in the oven, just like its HBO predecessor, it could actually be a sensational TV show. “
Let’s now go back to the more positive side of affairs with Charlotte O’Sullivan of the London Evening Standard, who took a lot away to explore the youth of Tony Soprano, was finally worried The Many Saints of Newark a glowing 5/5 rating.
“The Many Saints of Newark, incidentally important, traumatically pleasing, is a tale of the unexpected that will make cinemas, as well as lifelong couch potatoes, hallelujah.”
Finally, SlashFilm’s Chris Evangelista describes the film as a “bloody deconstruction of the Mob movie”, which finds the look at the past very worthwhile and adds another layer of tragedy to the already complex character of Tony Soprano on a way that only made a good pre-made can.
“The ultimate tragedy is that we can see the slightest glimmer of hope for Tony here, but we know it’s a false hope. Ultimately, he will never get away from this violent world. And he will send those to whom he claims love straight to hell. “
The Many Saints of Newark, directed by Alan Taylor and written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner, will precede David Chase’s highly successful crime series, The Sopranos, recorded with a young Anthony “Tony” Soprano, who grows up in one of the most turbulent periods in Newark’s history, and a man is just like rising gangsters starting to rise up and the power of the mighty DiMeo crime family over the battle addresses the city that is increasingly being torn apart by the race. The uncle he idolizes, trapped in the changing times, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage his professional and personal responsibilities — and whose influence on his cousin will help make the impressive teenager into the almighty boss, after which we will later come to know: Tony Soprano.
The project has an excellent cast led by Alessandro Nivola (Disobedience, a most violent year) as Dickie Moltisanti. The supporting cast includes people like Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, The Punisher) as Giovanni Francis “Johnny Boy” Soprano, the father of crime boss Tony Soprano, and Vera Farmiga (The Departed, The Conjuring), who appears as Giovanni’s wife and Tony’s mother, Livia Soprano.
They are accompanied by Corey Stoll (Ant-Man), Billy Magnussen (No time to die), Leslie Odom Jr. (Murder on the Orient Express), Joey Diaz (Spider-Man 2) and Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), and Michael Gandolfini, the real son of the late, great James Gandolfini, with the young actor taking over the role of Anthony “Tony” Soprano during his early years.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, The Many Saints of Newark its world premiere will take place at the Tribeca Fall Preview on September 22, 2021. It is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on October 1, along with a month-long concurrent release of the HBO Max streaming service.
Topics: The Many Saints of Newark, The Sopranos