In contrast to the critical acclaim enjoyed by The Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark is dividing the crowd. Here’s why the movie is so divisive.
Despite the legacy of The Sopranos, many responses to The Many Saints of Newark have been surprisingly mixed. Although some critics have praised the movie for its performances and period detail, there remains a question mark over whether the project adds enough to the overall story to warrant its existence. As a result, The Many Saints of Newark has not enjoyed the same level of acclaim as the original series.
Set several decades before the events of The Sopranos, the new movie follows both the induction of a young Tony Soprano (played by original actor James Gandolfini’s son, Michael) into the world of organized crime, and the story of Dickie Moltisanti – a character regularly referenced throughout the original show but never seen. The action takes place against the backdrop of the 1967 Newark Riots and explores the societal and political tensions that were prominent during that era. In addition to Tony and Dickie, the narrative also provides crucial backstory for several major Sopranos characters.