Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel
Release Date: Nov. 27, 2019
Viewing Hours: 215 million

Put Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci along with director Martin Scorsese in just about anything and it’s a must-see. Netflix subscribers seemed to agree when The Irishman arrived in 2019. Only actors of that caliber have the ability to get viewers to sit down in front of their TVs for three-and-a-half hours, but it was worth it. And so far, Netflix says users have clocked in an incredible 215 million hours watching the film. The story follows World War II veteran and truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), who finds himself involved with the boss of the Pennsylvania-based Bufalino crime family, Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci). Sheeran becomes a mob hitman, working for Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the country’s most powerful labor union.

Some viewers dragged the film for the digital de-aging process it used on the actors to allow them to portray their characters at different ages since the movie takes place over a period of 30 years. The process was also said to have delayed the film’s release and increased its budget to $150 million. The de-aging wasn’t perfect by any means, but it did give these acting giants even more screen time for fans to enjoy. And based on the streaming numbers, they sure have. Whether you’re brave enough to watch it all in one sitting or split it up into parts, this one is always worth watching. 
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