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"The way Scorsese intended" - or how to watch 'The Irishman' exactly how he didn't want us to

Jessica Waugh Monday 02 December 2019

'The Irishman' hit Netflix last Wednesday after a limited cinematic release that brought plenty of esteem and positive reviews rolling in for the gangster epic. It is, without a doubt, one of the biggest releases of the year, but the controversial statements made recently by its director, Martin Scorsese, about cinema have generated a tidal wave of memes about exactly how audiences must watch and appreciate his film.

The meme-makers strike again, this time with Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

'The Irishman' is an exceptionally long film (three and a half hours, to be exact) and its hefty duration was one reason for which we were already daydreaming about curling up in front of Netflix to watch the genius of Scorsese at work, but the (at times) wonderful world of Twitter has given us many amusing alternatives. "The way Scorsese intended" is the phrase that meme-makers have latched onto as they joke about how to watch 'The Irishman' outside of the movie theatre. Will you, dear viewer, be following any of their suggestions on how to watch 'The Irishman'?

Back down to business

Taking a break from Twitter now, we turn to those audience members who would genuinely struggle to sit through three and a half straight hours of film. We don't all have the free time required to get ourselves down to our local cinema or to watch the film in one sitting on Netflix. Regardless of cinematic intentions, it is Scorsese's longest work and Twitter users such as @dunerfors have created handy guides on how to watch 'The Irishman' in parts, as though it were a mini-series. Even though a single-sitting viewing would perhaps have the strongest impact, this seems to be the best alternative for die-hard Scorsese fans who simply don't have the hours nor the energy to spare for a binge-watching session.

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