It’s one of the most talked-about films of the year, stars a whole host of Hollywood greats, and ever since the first trailer broke cinema-goers have been desperate to see it. Now, the wait is finally over. The Irishman is officially available to watch on Netflix.
Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, The Irishman tells the story of truck driver turned hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro), who teams up with powerful mob boss Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and the infamous labour union activist Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).
Based on the 2004 book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt, Scorsese has brought the epic gangster tale to the screen. The film will also be receiving a limited theatrical release as well as being available to stream on Netflix from today.
You know a film must be pretty special when a Netflix Original gets a theatrical release.
The Irishman has received critical acclaim and currently has an approval rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, with many people praising Scorsese’s direction and the performances of De Niro, Pesci and Pacino. Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised to see this, given that Scorsese, De Niro and Pesci have all worked together before in some of the most iconic films of the last 40 years, including Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995), but incredibly, The Irishman is the first time we’ve seen Scorsese and Al Pacino collaborate together.
Despite that most of the cast have worked together on plenty of films in the past, in many ways, it’s a line-up we haven’t seen before, given that De Niro, Pacino and Pesci have all been “de-aged” by special effects to give the appearance of playing younger men. And as you can see in the trailer, the results are pretty impressive. Interestingly, there was even a posture coach on set to help the trio pull off body movements of middle-aged men.
As well as the incredible trio of De Niro, Pesci and Pacino, The Irishman also stars Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, Anna Paquin, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Bobby Cannavale, Jesse Plemons and Ray Romano.
With a mammoth running time of 209 minutes, some Oscar-worthy performances and at the hands of one of the greatest directors of all time, The Irishman is epic in every sense of the word and is finally available to stream on Netflix.