Run time: 120 mins
David Chase brings us back to the wiseguy streets of New Jersey in this thunderous prequel to The Sopranos.
A new entry to the Sopranos canon is a simultaneously exhilarating and daunting prospect. How do you follow up something so iconic? It is regarded by so many as the greatest and most influential television show of all time. It saw James Gandolfini give one of history’s greatest acting performances. Fourteen years after that divisive series finale, we are presented with the prologue.
Set against the backdrop of 1967 Newark riots, the film follows the teenage years of Tony Soprano in the midst of a violent gang war that his uncle Dickie Moltisanti and the DiMeo family are involved in. As tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities reach boiling point, Dickie’s personal struggles begin to threaten his business, his family and his growing influence over his nephew.
An incredible cast includes Alessandro Nivola, Ray Liotta, Vera Farmiga and Michael Gandolfini, inheriting the role of Tony from his late father. Written by Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, it’s a riveting, explosive ride and an unmissable return to an unforgettable franchise. (Chris Coetsee)