Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman will open in theaters and debut on Netflix this fall. The streaming platform released a teaser for the highly anticipated movie during the Academy Awards that confirmed the fall release, but did not reveal an official day or rating for the project. The movie stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel and it will hit theaters for a limited time in order to qualify for Academy Award consideration for next year’s event.
The teaser trailer for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman does not provide us with any footage. Instead, we are treated to some dialogue from the movie, including: “I hear you paint houses,” which is the title of the book in which the movie is based on. Robert De Niro plays Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman, who allegedly carried out more than 25 murders. Al Pacino plays Jimmy Hoffa, who was famously murdered. The Irishman marks the first time that Pacino has ever worked with Scorsese.
Little known fact about me, I love Mafia movies. I get it from my dad. He’s as big a Soprano’s fan as he is a Cowboys fan. Goodfellas, The Godfather, The Godfather II, and even Analyze This, and Analyze That round out the list of his favorite non western movies. He even goes as far to say that Godfather 3 was a very good movie, just that it was misunderstood. He just loves most things that have literally anything to do with the New York (or Jersey) Italian Mob.
Over time I grew to love these types of movies in my own right, and a few years back I stumbled upon a movie, though it was about the Irish Mob not the Italian Mob, that literally changed the way I watch movies. That movie was “The Departed.” I love everything about the movie, the tacky Boston accents, the backstabbing and the trickery, the all star cast just KILLING it from start to finish, the Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping up to Boston” playing at the best possible times, everything. I love this film.
So when I saw the commercial, however prudent it may be, with simply the gunshot, black background, single bullet casing which makes up the I’s in all the stars names, and some brief dialogue between DiNiro and another character talking about paint or whatever, grabbed my attention just off the names alone. I mean Pesci and DiNiro back at it again?? Pacino going back to his roots?? Scorsese, the guy behind my all time favorite movie, pulling all the strings behind it??? Before I even read anything related to the plot I was hooked. This cast alone is nothing short of legendary and I can’t wait until we see some more footage. I’m insanely excited about the potential this movie has, and you’ll catch me in line when it premieres in theaters next fall.