The Many Saints of Newark

The Many Saints of Newark ★★★½

The Many Saints of Newark accurately captures the style of The Sopranos, for better and for worse. The major awkwardness comes from the fact that the writing style of the series was replicated. On television, a meandering style without a clear arc can work better, as we often just like to spend time with the characters. While the film does this well, it feels odd to watch a feature that has so little momentum and push. The film often does just feel like a series of scenes, thrown together until they get to the end point.

What holds this film together is largely the performance of Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti. He makes for an engaging presence as a man who thinks himself far greater than he is. Through him, we are brought back to the main themes of the series, and how this life poisons those inside it. Still, one wonders if a bit more focus could have made the point even stronger.