Martin Scorsese’s latest movie, the epic mob drama The Irishman, is streaming on Netflix from today.
The film, which opened in select cinemas earlier in the month before today’s big digital rollout, is one of the cinematic events of the year.
A three-and-a-half hour exploration of the American East Coast underworld through some four decades, The Irishman is also a film of momentous reunions.
Not only does the gangster flick reunite Scorsese with the legendary Robert De Niro after 24 years apart, De Niro and fellow all-timer Al Pacino are also back together on-screen for the first time in over a decade.
The film also sees a reunion between Scorsese and old favourites Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci, the latter of whom is returning to our screens for the first time in nine years.
The Irishman tells the story of Teamsters official and purported mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, played by De Niro in the movie, and his relationship with controversial Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).
Though Hoffa disappeared without official explanation in 1975, Sheeran at the end of his life contended that he had personally killed Hoffa on behalf of Buffalino crime family boss Russell Bufalino, played in the film by Joe Pesci.
Having garnered some of the best reviews of Scorsese’s career, The Irishman is predicted to be one of the big contenders at next year’s Oscars.