Many Saints of Newark critics praise dignified return to soprano world


Tony Soprano is back, and everything is still very personal since the first reviews for The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, are now in it. So, is it worth it to return to the violent, sometimes terrifying, often hilarious world of the New Jersey gangster and so explore his early years, maybe even get a better glimpse of what rocks the future? mafia boss? Well, yeah, that’s the short answer, but the consensus seems to be that you’ll get a lot more out of it if you’re already a fan.

“The Many Saints of Newark hits harder if you know and care about family – and ‘family’ – at the heart of the story.”

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CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell certainly felt that the events depicted in The Many Saints of Newark hit a lot harder if you already know this world and these characters well. This is a view shared by David Ehrlich of IndieWire, who also felt that the film was somewhat held back by its own mythology, a mythology that you will gain to understand already.

“Equal parts free fan service and gripping crowd drama; a goofy devil handshake from a movie that’s suffocated to death by the same mythology it also taps into in a masterful origin story about cyclical violence and the sins of the father. “

The Independent’s Clarisse Loughrey, however, found a lot to like The Many Saints of Newark, arguing that the film also pays the fanservice The Sopranos and manages to take the familiarity in different directions, even adding additional intrigue to the critically acclaimed TV series.

“The Many Saints of Newark is both instantly recognizable and somehow impossible to place. It is also fierce and brilliant – a work that both expands and complicates the cultural heritage of the Sopranos.”

Much praise is also being given to Alessandro Nivola’s performances as Dickie Moltisanti and Leslie Odom Jr. as Harold McBrayer, with The Hollywood Reporter ‘s David Rooney calling them both “compelling.” although he found fault with the film itself by saying, “The Many Saints of Newark is more of an entertaining footnote than an invaluable extension of the series’ colossal legacy, like the superb series that came before it. “The Saints cannot be what the Sopranos were – without the time and those who have been wasted to say it, who cares. But for a hundred minutes, you feel pretty close to coming home, ”Greenblatt said.

This is in comparison with the series where The Many Saints of Newark begins to stumble a bit, with AA Dowd of AV Club finding the characters and plot too thin; “What he comes up with in this overly complicated Sopranos prequel is a lot less interesting than what he planted in our heads for six seasons.”

In fact,’s Brian Lowry even argued that maybe The Many Saints of Newark would have been better off avoiding the feature film and being developed as a television series much like The Sopranos.

“The Many Saints of Newark” turns out to be a believable and rewarding film. But with a little more seasoning and baking time, like its HBO predecessor, this could have turned out to be a truly sensational TV show. “

Now, back to the more positive side of things with Charlotte O’Sullivan of London Evening Standard, who got a lot out of exploring the youth of Tony Soprano, ultimately conscious. The Many Saints of Newark a commendation score of 5/5.

“Significant enough, traumatically enjoyable, The Many Saints of Newark is a story of the unexpected that will make the filmmakers scream hallelujah, as well as the couch potatoes for life.”

Finally, SlashFilm’s Chris Evangelista describes the film as a “bloody deconstruction of the Mob movie”, finding the look back into the past very interesting and adding another layer of tragedy to Tony Soprano’s already complex character in a way that only a well- prequel can.

“The ultimate tragedy is that we can see every ray of hope for Tony here, but we know it’s a false hope. In the end, he will never walk away from this violent world. And he will send those. to whom he claims love in hell. “

Directed by Alan Taylor and written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner, The Many Saints of Newark will precede David Chase’s blockbuster crime series, The Sopranos, reprising a young Anthony “Tony” Soprano, who grows up in one of the most tumultuous times in Newark history, and becomes a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the grip of the all-powerful crime family DiMeo the increasingly racially-torn city. The uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to cope with his professional and personal responsibilities, and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager the all-powerful mob boss We Come To later, is caught in the air. namely: Tony Soprano.

The project amassed a stellar cast led by Alessandro Nivola (Disobedience, a most violent year) like Dickie Moltisanti. The supporting cast includes people like Jon Bernthal (The living dead, the punisher) as Giovanni Francis “Johnny Boy” Soprano, father of crime boss Tony Soprano, and Vera Farmiga (The missing, the conspiracy), who plays Giovanni’s wife and Tony’s mother, Livia Soprano.

They are joined by Corey Stoll (The 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, the young actor reprising the role of Anthony “Tony” Soprano during his early years.

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, The Many Saints of Newark will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Fall Preview on September 22, 2021. It is slated to hit theaters in the United States on October 1, with a one-month concurrent release on the HBO Max streaming service.

Topics: The Many Saints of Newark, The Sopranos

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