THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK is a prequel to the HBO series "The Sopranos" which tells the story of the childhood and youth of Tony Soprano, and of the family and other characters around him with whom we are familiar from that series. It is narrated (rather minimally) by the character of Tony's nephew, Christopher Moltisanti, who gives away some key plot points from the series. And that makes it obvious that this film is for those who have seem the series. Apparently, we're supposed to like this because it's about characters we know. If it were about people we didn't know, it would not get much attention, and be just another crime film.
Released on HBO Max 10/01/21; available on DVD from Netflix and on various streaming services. Rating: +1 (-4 to +4), or 6/10.
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