A masterpiece on Netflix: Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" is celebrated in the first reviews


The upcoming Netflix movie "The Irishman" celebrated its highly anticipated premiere at the New York Film Festival and the festival audience was thrilled. The first reviews are invariably positive - and really positive.

That's even a house number for Martin Scorsese. His new mafia thriller "The Irishman" is celebrated in the first reviews like so far hardly any other film by the director. He is currently in a fake rating of 92 out of a maximum of 100 points - only two films of the director have better values ​​("Taxi Driver" with 94, "Hexenkessel" with 96 - and both appeared long before the time of Internet reviews so that only selected texts were later updated).

At Rottentomatoes, the largest review collection site, there are currently 100% positive reviews. A Tomatometer value of 100% has no other Scorsese feature film. And there are at least 33 reviews registered.

According to experience, both values ​​will fall if more critics see the film, but you can already say that many colleagues consider him one of the best films by the director and one of the best productions for Netflix. A small opinion on Scorsese's three and a half-hour long story of the mafia killer Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (played by Robert De Niro):


That "The Irishman" is a highlight in the career of Scorsese, is mentioned several times. In the industry magazine Variety, Owen Gleiberman writes that he is the film that many of Scorsese wanted to see: A "masterful mafia epic with ice in his veins". Memories of the filmmaker's earlier mafia masterpieces are awakened, but he does not repeat: "The Irishman" leads viewers to "daring and new places".

Even Alonso Duralde of The Wrap, with all the logical memories of the director's earlier films, such as "Goodfellas," points out that one should not get the false impression of seeing a filmmaker's greatest hits compilation in the fall of his career , No, Scorsese is as "daring and provocative as always". Many other colleagues also believe that Scorsese is at the peak of his creative power.


Again and again, the conclusion is praised. In Time Magazine Stephanie Zacharek is full of exuberant enthusiasm. For the first two and a half hours, "The Irishman" is above all "clever and entertaining". But the last hour put the event on the coronation. This is incredibly "moving" and you understand what Scorsese has been working on all the time.

This last hour is highlighted in many reviews. A.A. Dowd of the AV Club reveals that here "The Irishman" reaches its "full power", several times it is mentioned that the filmmaker is here as "profound" as never in his career. For David Rooney of the Hollywood Reporter, Scorsese and De Niro also reflect on their common cinema past here.


As is known, the stars for "The Irishman" were partially digitally rejuvenated. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci play their characters over several decades. A lot of skepticism went along with it, also fueled by Scorsese himself, who repeatedly said and directed that it was incredibly difficult to get it right and he was afraid that it would not work and then the entire movie failed on that account alone. But most of the worry was unfounded.

Joe Blessing of The Playlist even goes so far that the rejuvenation technique is so good and so subtle that "I spent almost no time thinking about it". Eric Kohn of Indieire has some problems more. At the first big flashback to the young De Niro, you can see the software code behind the wrinkle-free face of the alto star. However, as the running time and slow updates of the look of the aging character slowly get worse, in the end, the effect will be "more feature than a bug". Overall, the critics are in agreement that the gripping story and staging repress even minor problems with the look.

"The Irishman" will be released in Germany from 14th November 2019 in selected cinemas. From the 27th of November 2019, the mafia story will be available on Netflix.

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