What critics think of The Sopranos prequel

Still from Warner Bros. ‘Many Saints in Newark.’

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Who made Tony Soprano? This is the question Many Saints in Newark aims to answer over the course of two hours.

However, those anticipating a story about a boy’s rise to the top of North Jersey’s most powerful criminal organization may find themselves disappointed. Tony, portrayed by the late James Gandolfini’s son Michael, plays a minor role in the film. Instead, it’s Dicky Multisanti (Alessandro Nivola), Tony’s neurotic uncle who falls into the heart of Many Saints.

Award-Winning & Beloved Ex Feature Film HBO The series “The Sopranos” begins in a cemetery. As the camera pans toward Christopher Multisanti’s tombstone, the audience hears the voice of actor Michael Imperioli, who has played the character for six seasons. The film tells from beyond the grave.

Fans of the show will know that Christopher beat up Tony in the final season. As a narrator, he tells the story of his father Dickie, his “Hollywood Dick” grandfather and his great-grandfather’s young Italian bride Giusepina during a time spanning the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Dickie struggles to manage his professional and personal responsibilities – running a criminal enterprise while reconciling romantic relationships with his father’s new wife. He also faces the betrayal of Harold McBrair (Leslie Odom Jr.), his muscles being radicalized by the 1967 Newark riots and deciding that the Italians should not take full control of the city.

Critics say “The Many Saints of Newark” — written by David Chase, the show’s original creator and presenter — embodies the spirit of its source material, but fails to live up to its roots.

Peter Bradshaw wrote in his review of The Sentinel.

The film currently has a “Fresh” rating of 77% by Rotten Tomatoes from 61 reviews.

Here’s what critics think of “The Many Saints of Newark” ahead of its release in theaters and on HBO Max Friday:

AA Dowd, AV . Club

A.A. Dowd wrote in his review of the movie AV Club: “Those looking forward to the Corleonesque’s rise to power will be disappointed to learn that Tony plays a somewhat secondary role in The Many Saints Of Newark.” “Indeed, for a strong watch, he’s basically the size of Jake Lloyd: a boy watching from the fringes of a criminal empire in Jersey in the late 1960s.”

His mention of Jake Lloyd is a reference to the first previous Star Wars movie, “The Phantom Menace,” in which a child actor played a major franchise character (in this case, Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader) and spent much of the film watching other characters with Its own small agency.

Dodd said that many of the things that made The Sopranos such a hit are missing from “The Many Saints of Newark.”

“Where is the thorny psychology, the hilarious black midnight humor, the dimension that Chase has brought to every corner of an immoral criminal empire?” Asked. “Two decades ago, The Sopranos demonstrated that you can create something truly narrative on the small screen, helping usher in a supposed golden age of television using the format liberties of sprawling storytelling – and character development – in a way not possible on the big screen.”

“The irony of The Many Saints Of Newark is that it seems to bring this issue back: while The Sopranos showed that gangster cinema tropes can be revitalized through sequential storytelling, re-filtered again for two hours the format leaves only… metaphors.”

Read the full AV Club review.

Still image from “Many Saints in Newark.”

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Linda Marek, London Economics

Peter Bradshaw, goalkeeper

Michael Gandolfini plays Tony Soprano in Many Saints in Newark.

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Owen Gilberman, Variety

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