After so much discussion, filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” has now been unleashed upon the world via Netflix. Amongst critics it has scored some of the best reviews of any film this year and is expected to be a film high in many Top 5 let alone Top 10 lists.
How would the three-and-a-half hour crime drama go with the wider Netflix audience though? Cinema Blend reports that reactions have been swift and strong on social media with ‘masterpiece’ being commonly thrown about, but the word ‘boring’ has also been a trending term connected to the film as well.
Sadly the whole Scorsese vs. Marvel topic hasn’t entirely gone away yet and so inexplicably comparison to Marvel films and the MCU’s way of telling a story (namely with quips to break up a serious tone) came into play as well, as did the more obvious comparisons to Scorsese’s own (and very different) “Goodfellas”.
The most commonly discussed issue is the length with pee break number and timing comparisons also a point of discussion. Not a lot of discussion, however, seems to be surrounding the film’s de-ageing effects though.
Scorsese himself earlier dismissed talk of turning the project into a TV series, telling EW: “You could say, ‘This is a long story, you can play it out over two seasons’ – I saw somebody mention that. Absolutely no. I’ve never even thought of it. Because the point of this picture is the accumulation of detail. A series is great, it’s wonderful, you can develop character and plot lines and worlds are recreated. But this wasn’t right for that.”
The release comes as Scorsese has confirmed that his 1974 documentary “Italianamerican” is currently being remastered and color corrected for a release through the Criterion Collection reports The Playlist. Scorsese’s doco is about his parents, Catherine and Charles, and deals with their experiences as Italian immigrants in New York City.