The Irishman Is Boring According To Many Viewers

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Film
Published 02.12.19

The Irishman is boring. That’s what a lot of people are saying after the film debuted on Netflix last week, anyway…

For many, The Irishman was a return to form for the likes of Scorsese, De Niro and Pacino, and one of the best gangster films in years, but for many others, it was a bloody slog.


I suppose that’s the nature of film. It’s about as subjective as anything could be. I for one hate The Revenant and think it’s one of the worst films I’ve ever seen, but then there are others who literally gave it Academy Awards. The Irishman apparently also falls into that bracket.

The dichotomy of life persists even for Martin Scorsese, who you’d be forgiven for thinking was immune to critique, as in their droves, people have taken to social media, claiming that his latest film lacked substance and charm.

Is The Irishman Boring?




I sort of get the impression that Billy Tapper may be being ironic. He’s tweeted a hell of a lot about this film and in one of the tweets called the director “Martin Borescese” but spelled even more wrong.


I’ve actually not seen the film yet – I haven’t managed to find time – and while I did resent people saying that it was great before they’d even seen it, I don’t think it’s fair to write a film off after only watching a third of it.

The Irishman boring

Meanwhile, over on Rotten Tomatoes, the website that makes no sense, The Irishman currently sits on 96% with critics and 86% with fans. Not bad at all.


Like I say though, the film is long, and sometimes you’re just not able to set aside three and a half hours to watch it. Luckily, Alexander Dunerfors managed to find a way to turn the Netflix film into a more digestible miniseries. Here’s how to watch it…

The Irishman miniseries

Episode 1: I Heard You Paint Houses

Watch from start to 49 mins – cut when Jimmy Hoffa ends the call.

Episode 2: Hoffa

Watch from 1:49 to 1:40

Cut when Joey The Blond is introduced.


Episode 3: What Kind of Fish?

Watch from 1:40 to 2:47:30

Cut when Frank exits the house. (You’ll know when.)

Episode 4: It is What It Is

Watch from 2:47:30 to the end.

I mean that’s pretty comprehensive, right? How useful. Thank you kindly Mr Dunerfors. A true gent.

Now, there are obviously some people who will call the sort of person who will pause and resume a film a fake cinema fan, but not everyone has time to sit down for the best part of four hours. That’s a big ask.

Did I do a 14 hour and 50 minute Star Wars marathon last Saturday? Yeah. What of it?!

Images via Netflix