The Many Saints of Newark movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This prequel with the tagline: “Who Made Tony Soprano” is more disappointing than epic. Boring at times and totally squashing expectations, The Many Saints of Newark is a flat crime story with violence and language.


As gangsters begin to rise up against the crime family, Dickie Moltisanti’s influence on his young nephew, Anthony Soprano, helps transform the boy into the all-powerful mob boss known as Tony Soprano.

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Movie details

Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Michael Gandolfini, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, Vera Farmiga
Writer: David Chase, Lawrence Konner
Release Date (Australia): 4 November 2021
Runtime: 120 minutes/ 2h
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English, Italian


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains themes relating to criminal activity and racism, as well as depictions of murder and torture.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes scenes in which people are punched, in addition to multiple depictions of blood and wound detail as a result of people being shot.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film includes infrequent use of the word “c**t”, in addition to frequent uses of words such as “f**k” and “s**t”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains verbal references to “smoking pot” and “smack”.

Nudity (M)

The film features depictions of female breasts nudity and male buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains multiple sex scenes and use of the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for strong violence, pervasive language, sexual content and some nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This Sopranos prequel appears to be an engaging look at a gangster guiding his young nephew towards the crime family, but the film is taken up with sections of racial themes over the ways of the mob life. In fact, is there even any existing mafia plot with the overlong runtime of 120 minutes? The Many Saints of Newark is such a let-down of a disappointment. We need to get a documentary explaining what happened here before any more “Sopranos-related” story.

The first thing that should be discussed is what this crime movie sheds more light on over gangster material, which happens to be an unoriginal and uninteresting story around civil rights and political messages relating to race. This is the subplot that greedily takes over the actual plot! The trailers and previews couldn’t have even warned us!

Behind all the black gangster themes is the real Many Saints of Newark, which is pretty uneventful and tells the story in a short amount of time. Again, what the film appears to cover in the brief trailers, a gangster teaching his nephew about the mob life, is totally ditched backstage and feels ignored. In the end, it’s simply just dull and boring. If there were to be another prequel looking similar to this one, likely nobody would want to give it a chance.

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