'Absolutely No': Scorsese Hits Back At Most Common Complaint About 'The Irishman'
Martin Scorsese has been winning praise for his first Netflix film -- 'The Irishman' -- but fans have a bone to pick with the director's latest project.
The crime drama -- starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci -- is the legendary director's most expensive film to date, but also his longest, with a running time of nearly three-and-a-half hours.
Despite it being the first Scorsese new release that you can watch without leaving your house, viewers have bemoaned the fact that they've been expected to sit down in front of a screen for such a long time.
It seems a bit rich in the age of television where viewers will happily binge a whole season of 'Stranger Things' in one sitting, that some are scared off by the commitment involved with a whole feature film without brief intermissions to grab snacks or scroll Instagram.
To accommodate this modern dilemma, Twitter user Alexander Dunefors created a viewing schedule for 'The Irishman' that breaks the film up into palatable chunks, or ~seasons~, which makes the movie feel like a four-part miniseries.
But if you're considering watching 'The Irishman' in that way, just know that Scorsese is absolutely against the thought of digesting the cinematic masterpiece like a common television drama.
“You could say, ‘This is a long story, you can play it out over two seasons.’ I saw somebody mention that. Absolutely no,” he said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I’ve never even thought of it. Because the point of this picture is the accumulation of detail. It’s an accumulated cumulative effect by the end of the movie -- which means you get to see from beginning to end [in one sitting] if you’re so inclined."
"A series is great. It’s wonderful. You can develop character and plot lines and worlds are recreated, but this wasn’t right for that.”
So if you've started 'The Irishman' and feel your finger hovering over that pause button, just know that Scorsese is judging you and hoarsely whispering, "Absolutely no," somewhere in New York City.
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