Netflix has released a final trailer for The Irishman and it's full of pull-quotes from the glowing reviews for Martin Scorsese's latest crime epic. The iconic director's work has rarely failed to catch on with critics, and his newest offering is no exception. The positive response to The Irishman must be all the sweeter for Scorsese, considering the sheer amount of time he spent trying to get the film off the ground. Now, more than ten years and $150 million later, his vision has finally been realized and is making its way around the world.
The Irishman is currently in the midst of a limited theatrical run, ahead of its streaming release on Netflix over Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, the vast majority of people won't be able to see the movie on the big screen, between its small rollout and certain theater chains refusing to show Netflix Originals in general. For that reason, Netflix has gone ahead and release one last promo for the film, in an effort to further generate hype ahead of its proper nationwide release next week.
You can check out the final trailer for The Irishman (which dropped online this morning) in the space below.
In terms of plot, the final Irishman trailer covers most of the same ground as the previous ones. The film itself charts the life and times of one Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (Robert De Niro), beginning with his experiences in WWII and continuing on to his career as a hitman working for mobster boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and, later, union head Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). As seen here, The Irishman is framed with scenes of Sheeran as a much older man reflecting on his experiences, including his involvement with Hoffa's infamous disappearance, and the impact it had on his relationships with his loved ones, particularly his daughter Peggy (played by Anna Paquin as an adult). Critics have by and large praised Scorsese for taking this approach, saying it allows the movie to ruminate on themes involving legacy and the violent truth about American history (among other things).
At this point, it's safe to assume The Irishman will be a major contender at upcoming awards shows like the Golden Globes and the Oscars, judging by the critical reception so far. That will no doubt come as welcome news to Netflix, which has invested a whole lot of time, money, and effort into making Scorsese's passion project a reality. For the director's longtime fans, the film also promises to provide a fitting capstone to what could be considered his gangster trilogy, which began with Goodfellas and continued with Casino. It might have taken longer than expected to come together, but it seems The Irishman really was worth the wait after all.
- The Irishman (2019) release date: Nov 27, 2019