Before Tony Soprano became a capo in the DiMeo Crime Family, he was just a kid trying to have a normal life. In the new Sopranos prequel film "The Many Saints of Newark," we get to see Tony when he was just a little boy. Growing up within a mob family, there was always a constant war being fought. Whether it was a rival gang trying to steal product or members within the family trying to take power, there was always something. As we see what Tony's childhood was like, we better understand how he moved up the ranks. We also see why he got into the family business. Before you watch "The Many Saints of Newark," let us share our review first.
Reasons to Watch...
- For followers of the popular TV series, they will be pleasantly surprised with how many of their beloved characters are represented in the film. The ensemble cast is great. And each member complements the next with their various, complex relationships being explored.
- The film brings all the action and unpredictability that you would expect in a mobster flick. It also achieves levels of emotional depth that should be familiar to "Sopranos" fans.
- The filmmakers manage multiple captivating subplots. And yet they all somehow reach some kind of conclusion by the film's end.
- Though the primary intent of the film is to tell the origin story of Tony Soprano, it feels as though that is one promise that this film doesn't deliver on.
- The film doesn't quite reach its full potential because it's beholden to pleasing Sopranos fans as well as delivering an original crime story.
- With the exception of a few unexpected moments, the film is more a collection of stern conversations than explosive action.
Watch or Not?
Still, after watching "The Many Saints of Newark," we think you should watch it.
Whether or not you've seen "The Sopranos," you'll enjoy the film. It has enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Actor Alessandro Nivola, aka Uncle Dickie Moltisanti, steals the show. Our main beef would be that there's not enough of Tony Soprano's story. But all in all, the flick is certainly worth the watch.
October 1, 2021
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