Warning: Mild spoilers for The Irishman ahead.
Martin Scorsese's The Irishman is now streaming on Netflix, complete with a 3.5 hour runtime, so here are the best places to take a break during the movie should you need to. Featuring an all-star cast led by Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, Scorsese's latest is a true crime epic, telling the story of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (played by De Niro).
A truck driver who becomes a hitman for the mob while working for the Teamsters union, The Irishman charts Sheeran's life over the course of several decades, using de-aging technology to make De Niro et al look a lot younger than their years. With an estimated budget of $160 million, Netflix have invested heavily in Scorsese's vision here, and the end result is a 209-minute long saga that is about growing old and memory as much as it is a life of crime. While it'd be great to sit through the whole movie uninterrupted, there's a good chance viewers will need to take a break during The Irishman. Since it's on Netflix you can just hit pause, an advantage over the cinema, but while you won't miss any scenes, you also don't want to disrupt the flow of the movie too much.
With that, one of the best places to take a break in The Irishman comes, fittingly enough, around the halfway mark, about 1 hour 48 minutes in. Following a scene in the comedy club with Frank, Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and Crazy Joe (Sebastian Maniscalco), Frank carries out a hit, and then his daughter Peggy (Anna Paquin) watches a report of it on the news. It's a dramatic, tense sequence that you want in full because of the build-up and fallout. However, it transitions back into Frank and Russell's road trip (just before we see Hoffa leaving prison), and this gives a nice break point while still leaving roughly half the movie to go.
A little later, there's a scene between Frank, Jimmy, and Tony Pro (Stephen Graham). It's another brilliantly tense sequence that you won't want to miss, and provides some nice relief afterwards with Frank and Jimmy in the car, but it then again transitions to a different scene (this time Frank and Russell) in a new location, around the 1:57 mark. Again, after such a tense sequence, it's a nice spot for a breather while still having a lot of The Irishman to settle back into.
Finally, after Jimmy's return and the celebration of Frank as a Teamster, there's the transition from Frank watching Jimmy and Peggy to an older Frank heading to the Bufalino wedding. This provides one last good opportunity to pause The Irishman, because it's just before it really turns into its final hour (plus change) where the biggest moments happen and the momentum really builds to its greatest point, which you won't want to take a break from.
- The Irishman (2019) release date: Nov 27, 2019