Sure, there were a lot of people who thought it was boring, and though I still haven’t made time to watch it – I’m looking at this weekend – Knives Out would take some beating, but apparently it did. As I said earlier; The Irishman… best film of 2019.
Since it’s release, people have been racing to get the most flattering review for The Irishman out, calling Scorsese a god, back in the form we all loved him for, saying Pacino more or less invented acting and everything before and after him was an insult to the trade, and offering De Niro their daughters’ hands in marriage.
It’s been quite the reception for the Netflix original, and now the National Board of Review have named The Irishman the best film of 2019.
As a touch of background, the National Board of Review are a US organisation dating back to 1909, when the best film of the year was between ‘Man Sits Down’ and ‘Horse gets Startled’.
In the past, films such as American Beauty, No Country for Old Men, The Social Network and Her have been named The National Board of Review’s best films of the year, chosen by a vote between professionals, academics, filmmakers, enthusiasts and students.
Oooohhh good, students. They always know a lot.
Speaking about the film, NBR president Annie Schulhof echoed the general sentiment towards The Irishman, saying:
“We are thrilled to award The Irishman as our best film – Martin Scorsese’s masterful mob epic is a rich, moving, beautifully textured movie that represents the best in what cinema can be.
“We are also excited to be presenting Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino with our inaugural Icon Award – they are the true definition of cinematic icons, each with their own exceptional body of work, and all in top form in The Irishman.”
Well you know, tell that this this guy…
I sort of get the impression he thought it was boring.
Regardless, if you’re keen on watching The Irishman, but don’t have the time to sit down for three and a half hours, here’s something that might help…
Watch from start to 49 mins – cut when Jimmy Hoffa ends the call.
Watch from 1:49 to 1:40
Cut when Joey The Blond is introduced.
Watch from 1:40 to 2:47:30
Cut when Frank exits the house. (You’ll know when.)
Watch from 2:47:30 to the end.
Images via Netflix
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