The Sopranos Fizzles on the Big Screen

Michael Gandolfini and Alessandro Nivola in The Many Saints of Newark. (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Many Saints of Newark strikes me, as the show did, as junior-varsity Scorsese.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Sopranos never grabbed me, and I seldom watched it. I had the sense that others found it interesting for some of the same reasons they watched Jersey Shore. People told themselves, “This is prestige TV,” while they gawked at the strip-joint scenes and giggled at the mobsters’ Borscht Belt malapropisms.

The Many Saints of Newark strikes me, as the show did, as junior-varsity Scorsese. The suspense scenes aren’t as suspenseful as the mob master’s, the comic scenes aren’t as funny, the strange rituals and signifiers aren’t as rich and deep and fascinating and macabre. There’s a torture sequence that reminds

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