This is an important movie, and not because of the groundbreaking -- and ducking expensive -- process Scorsese and company went through to de-age the stellar cast. Nor is it important because it's Marty, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro making a Netflix movie, although that is a sign of the times, and things to come.
No, The Irishman is important because it's the kind of movie we don't see much anymore. It's a gritty drama for adults made by a master craftsman who is more interested in storytelling and filmmaking than making a buck off a blockbuster.
Now, I like blockbusters. I'm giddy with excitement for Hobbs & Shaw, I love the MCU movies, and Crawl is one of my favourite flicks of the year.
But I'm hungry for a heavy drama I can sink my teeth and brain into. I want an engrossing crime tale that features stellar acting by a trio of honoured industry veterans, I want tough violence, and I want it done with a master's touch.
That's what The Irishman promises to deliver, and I can't wait!
It's also probably one of the last times we're gonna see Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino and Pesci work together. That alone is cause for celebration, given their acclaimed careers.
The Irishman hits Netflix and select theatres this fall.