In ‘The Many Saints of Newark,’ Young Tony Soprano’s Turn Toward Mobsterhood Simply Isn’t Convincing (Column)

When I saw “The Many Saints of Newark,” I wanted it to immerse me in the lives of New Jersey mobsters in the late ’60s and early ’70s the same way that “The Sopranos” immersed us in the lives of New Jersey mobsters at the turn of the 21st century.

The film more or less achieves that.

That’s why, while not nearly as great as the series, it’s a pretty good Saturday night movie.

Of course, the other thing I wanted from “The Many Saints” was for it to put me in a time machine so that I could witness the formative teenage years of Tony Soprano, who is portrayed in the film by James Gandolfini’s son, Michael (who was 20 at the time the movie was shot in 2019).The young Tony displays a small handful of delinquent tendencies.

As a kid, he organizes a numbers racket at his parochial school.

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