Arriving on Netflix just two weeks ago, The Irishman took cinephiles by storm. This gangster epic (and it is epic!) surpassed critical expectations and scratched movie fans’ itch for originality. The Irishman gives its own reasons to pick up the remote and watch it through to the end.
If you haven’t seen it yet, grab some popcorn and soda right now! Well … Maybe not exactly right now. You’ll need to carve out some time in your weekend to finish this movie in one sitting. The Irishman‘s run time is a whopping 3 and a half hours, but don’t let this deter you. It doesn’t feel nearly that long.
If you’re new to mafia movies, this might be a good place to start. Yeah, that’s how good it is. You don’t even need reasons to watch The Irishman. But I’m gonna give them to you anyway because it’s only business.
Alright, let’s get to it. Here are five reasons to watch the Irishman. It’s what it is. And it is…
One of the best things about this movie is you can watch it in the comfort of your own home. Without the loud whisperers, candy wrapper crinkles, and the uncomfortable seats.
Take a load off on the couch. Relax. Take it easy. Get wrapped up in a comfortable blanket and stay awhile.
And the best part about watching at home? You won’t have to worry about holding off on liquids. Drink a soda! Have a beer! Enjoy your tasty refreshments and get rid of that cotton mouth. You can pause whenever you want/need to use your bathroom with the clean floors and flowery smells.
The Irishman did premiere in select theaters nationwide. If you’re a lucky chap like myself that had the fortune of seeing it in theaters (and the misfortune of missing good chunks to use the bathroom) you can catch up on this epic without waiting a month for it to come to DVD.
I recommend sitting down and watching it whole, but you do you. Enjoy it any way you can because…
The Irishman Rivals the Godfather
That’s a bold claim, I know. But I said what I said. Francis Coppola’s signature film, the Godfather, is quite literally the godfather of mobster movies. Yet, Martin Scorsese’s latest masterpiece is revered as his best work since Goodfellas.
It matches the length of the Godfather and the Godfather Part II without feeling slow. You won’t feel the need to stand up and stretch or rest your eyes for a minute before jumping back in.
It is a modern classic worthy of the same rung as Goodfellas, the Untouchables, and yes, I will say it again!
It’s hard to beat…
Three words: All. Star. Cast. Or is that two? No matter! You won’t worry about grammar after you see the names in this movie’s cast list. Rarely is there a movie made these days with a running list of talented faces performing the main roles.
In the driver seat (Quite literally) is Robert De Niro. Sitting in the passenger seat is Joe Pesci. We have in the other car Al Pacino, Ray Ramano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Sebastian Maniscalco, Harvey Keital and frankly so many more that you’d be here all day reading the list.
Three mobster movie legends. Robert De Niro, the man of these faces: young Don Corleone (Godfather Part II), Al Capone (Untouchables), James Conway (Goodfellas) and Sam Rothstein (Casino). The face of Cuban mobster Tony Montana (Scarface) and the godfather Michael Corleone (Godfather), Al Pacino. And Joe Pesci, the man who brought to life characters Nick Santoro (Casino) and Tommy DeVito (Goodfellas). But some of you younger readers may know him as the robber from Home Alone.
Cinemas haven’t seen an ambitious return of so many notable actors since the Expendables (2010). And even then, this got fans jumping, rightfully so, because…
The Plot Excites
The story is told from the perspective of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) who becomes involved with the Bufalino crime family. Ascending to the top, Sheeran’s infamy not only captures the interest of the press, but also his daughter who always keeps a suspicious eye on her father.
Eventually Sheeran takes up work with Jimmy Hoffa (the famous labor union leader) and becomes his right hand man. Jimmy Hoffa is a name that eludes many of us younger viewers, but his story surely won’t disappoint. Because in 1975 at the age of 62, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared.
Nobody knows the truth of Hoffa’s disappearance for sure, but this open mystery allowed Scorsese to provide his own truth, his own interpretation of Jimmy Hoffa’s success and abrupt downfall.
The plot is riveting and picks up early on. Once you start, you may not be able to pause to use the bathroom. And if you do, you’ll be running back to your seat to hit play again. Masterfully written and directed, The Irishman …
Is A Modern Classic
In the day and age of nonsensical sequels and remakes, The Irishman is the freshest taste of originality one can find. And it is done so well. So well, in fact, that Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos reported The Irishman received views from over 26,000,000 accounts in the first seven days of its release on Netflix.
That deserves a kiss on the hand.
Fans are gobbling this movie up and they refuse to speak softly. Scorsese’s masterpiece is leading in nominations for this year’s Critic’s Choice Awards. For the Golden Globes, it is neck and neck with recent film Marriage Story.
We are in the midst of a modern classic. And to think it was introduced to the world through online streaming, the most modern mode of viewing movies today. That is truly exciting.
If you haven’t seen The Irishman already, this is a reminder to go check it out! If you’re a movie lover, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Hopefully these five reasons to watch the Irishman got you running for the TV remote and typing in your Netflix account.
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