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Friday, January 28, 2022

Back To The Roots, Saints Of Newark

 Many Saints of Newark, a legacy, and an expansion of lore.

The best way to starts this fall after 13 years of disappearing from the silver screen, David Chase returns once again to build more value to his legacy on Sopranos.

Sets in the height of the post-black segregation in the United States. The story revolves around the Soprano family focuses on the life of Richard Moltisanti. The late father of Christopher in the series, that’s being portrayed by Alessandro Nivola.

 

Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti

 

With the help from a range of actors and actresses including the son of the late James Gandolfini, Michael to play as a younger version of him. Not at all short of impressive, even David got Vera Farmiga to play as Livia Soprano, Ray Liotta as Dickie’s Father, and Jon Bernthal as Johnny Soprano.

 

left-right : Vera Farmiga as Livia Soprano & Jon Bernthal as Johnny Soprano

What’s more impressive is the cast alongside them such as, Billie Magnusson, Corey Stoll, and John Magaro. Respectively playing Paulie, Uncle Junior, and Silvio Dante.

 

left-right: Billie Magnussen as Paulie Gaualtieri, Jon Bernthal as Johhny Soprano, Corey Stoll as Uncle Junior, John Magaro as Silvio Dante, Ray Liotta as 'Hollywood Dickie', and Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti

 

Narrated by Christopher himself, Michael Imperioli acts as a nuance that this story was already spelling doom from the get-go.

 

Dickie & Anthony, the father-son bond of dysfunctional families.

The composition of the whole movie so far is a beautiful depiction of the late 60s New Jersey. But sadly, made jumbled and convoluted at best.  

Despite David Chase’s best effort of centered the movie around Dickie Moltisanti, the screen-time of what we were hoping for is Anthony’s. Michael Gandolfini appears and becomes the focus only for the middle to last act.

 

Michael Gandolfini as Young Anthony Soprano and Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti 

With so little interaction between Dickie and Anthony when he’s a teenager, made this movie is simply an introduction of what makes Sopranos great, to begin with. Dickie as a character was almost a mirror of what his nephew was going to be, sterner, and a bit sadistic in mannerism.

We finally got to watch the innocent youth that Anthony and Janice had to go through. The manipulative element of Livia is alive and presently well. Vera’s acting is deserving more screen-time of its own.

 

Vera Farmiga as Livia Soprano

 

Johnny Soprano’s character unfortunately was not a big presence in this movie, unlike Uncle Junior who has the most element in and carrying the plot of the epilogue.

The young portrayal of young Paulie, Sil, and Pussy being front and center throughout the movie, helps around the lore and easter eggs moment for the fans of the series.

 

This Thing of Ours…

The setup of what went down to Dickie, and what happens, putting us as a fan in a tight position. Wanting to relate to Dickie conflicting hopes and dreams, contrasting with the lifestyle that he has now.

Mirroring so much to what Anthony had to go through all his life. Made us think that the association of what Anthony said throughout the whole series regarding Dickie stories to Christopher.

Many Saints of Newark acted out the whole pizzazz of crime family, which is heavy on violence, and driven mainly by drama and family.

 

left-right: Samson Moeakiola as Pussy Bonpensiero, Corey Stoll as Uncle Junior, Billy Magnusses as Paulie Gualtieri, Michela de Rossi as Giuseppina Moltisanti, and Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti

 

The glamorous lifestyle of Dickie and his whole gang of DiMeo Family is beautifully depicted through each scene. Worth watching for the newly introduced to the whole Sopranos lore and story, and a tip of the hat for the old fans.

Watch Many Saints of Newark exclusively on HBO MAX, which starts airing on October 1st.

 

Haidar B. Azhar
Freelance writer based in Indonesia, mainly write articles that focuses on takes like, Otaku Culture such as Anime, Manga or Manhwa and Manhua, news regarding Cinema, Music culture mainly Hip-Hop, Heavy Metal/Rock/Punk, Alternative, Experimental, Electronic music, newly uncategorized genre of music, Concert and Festivals review, and newly debuted musician that's on the rise.

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