A SOPRANOS STORY.
After the 1967 riots in Newark, the DiMeo crime family is challenged by a Black rival. This prequel to The Sopranos (1999-2007), set decades before the TV show and focusing on the man who would be Tony Soprano’s mentor, was made by people who knew the material intimately. On paper, it should satisfy fans, but the film never really digs beneath the surface of its relationships, failing to explain why uncle Dickie mattered so much to Tony. That said, it’s still an engaging gangster movie with a good cast; James Gandolfini’s son Michael is fine as young Tony.
2021-U.S. 120 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Alan Taylor. Screenplay: David Chase, Lawrence Konner. Cast: Alessandro Nivola (Richard ”Dickie” Moltisanti), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Harold McBrayer), Vera Farmiga (Livia Soprano), Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Michael Gandolfini… Ray Liotta. Narrated by Michael Imperioli.