The Irishman

The Irishman ★★★★½

The money that Netflix has been spending lately would seem to be unsustainable. Forget the hundreds of millions of dollars they've shelled out for tv shows like Friends or the reported $130 million dollars they've spent on The Crown, it's some of the budgets for their own "original" films that takes the biscuit. Don't get me wrong, there is some great original content on the streaming platform, but they've made some overpriced dross at times too. Bright 2017 ($90million), Mute 2018 ($140million), and 6 Underground 2019 ($150million) are the ones I remember most notably, and I must admit I worried for Netflix if that was the direction they were going to take. Simply throwing money at something doesn't guarantee quality, but viewing figures and subscription numbers seem to be all they're interested in. Once in a while however they get it right, and they give the financing to the right director with the right project, and you get something like Scorsese's The Irishman.

I don't give a shit that The Irishman cost the reported $170million dollars to make it, it was fucking worth it. Three legends at the top of their game, a legendary director with a story to tell, and chemistry between a cast that barely ever happens nowadays. Shit, if I had the dosh I'd pay Joe Pesci to be in every film I ever watch, because he owns this movie. Everyone talked about De Niro and Pacino coming together again after Heat and Righteous Kill, and they genuinely light up the screen, but Pesci's low-key turn is the glue that holds the whole thing together. I couldn't argue with Brad Pitt's Academy Award win, he nailed it as Cliff Booth for Quentin, but could you imagine what Tarantino could do with De Niro, Pacino, AND Pesci, Jesus I'd love to see that happen. That of course is just like my induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as the drummer for my imaginary band, Foreskin, a pipedream, but sometimes dreams do come true, just like that time Minnie Driver came around to tuck me in one night! 209 minutes of brilliance, this is one I save for special occasions where I have no interruptions, because these guys deserve all the respect in the world for the film they delivered here.

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