The Many Saints of Newark

The Many Saints of Newark ★★

What the fuck was this? So much screen time on poorly developed, hollow characters (the Italian woman? Leslie Odom Jr’s character? The fuck are these people?); continuity errors with the original show; etc. The only saving graces were Michael Gandolfini and Vera Farmiga, especially that scene together in the kitchen. I honestly wish they would’ve made a movie exploring *that* dynamic because Livia and her repeated failures as a mother made Tony Soprano the person he was, not whatever the fuck Dickie Moltisanti shafted him on. 

Michael Gandolfini did a good job as young Tony. Seems crazy to embody a role your father played before he died, and I think he did it justice with the material he was given. He really aced it on his father’s mannerisms.