The 'Way Scorsese Intended' Meme Is The Best Thing About The Irishman Premiere
In the most predictable bit of movie news of 2019, The Irishman, Scorsese's sprawling gangster epic, dropped last night on Netflix, making for a pretty momentous occasion in the history of streaming.
Of course, everyone knew that The Irishman was going to be good before it came out. The reviews had told us so. And lo and behold, pretty much everyone else seemed to like it as well.
However within that one tweet lies a subtext to the story surrounding the movie's release that people couldn't resist latching on to. Throughout the movie's promotion, Scorsese made headlines numerous times for his comments about the modern state of cinema, taking aim specifically at superhero films. He first made the comments saying that the likes of Marvel and DC movies don't constitute cinema in an interview with Empire magazine, going on to pen an op-ed in the New York Times about why he said it.
"So, you might ask, what’s my problem? Why not just let superhero films and other franchise films be? The reason is simple. In many places around this country and around the world, franchise films are now your primary choice if you want to see something on the big screen. It’s a perilous time in film exhibition, and there are fewer independent theaters than ever. The equation has flipped and streaming has become the primary delivery system. Still, I don’t know a single filmmaker who doesn’t want to design films for the big screen, to be projected before audiences in theaters.
"Many films today," he continued, "are perfect products manufactured for immediate consumption. Many of them are well made by teams of talented individuals. All the same, they lack something essential to cinema: the unifying vision of an individual artist. Because, of course, the individual artist is the riskiest factor of all."
It's an opinion that's made a splash in the movie sphere and largely split the movie going public down the middle. Some agree with him, some think he's just slightly behind the times. However the conversation did spawn a fantastic meme, one taking the piss out of Scorsese's self-proclaimed desire to keep a certain purity about cinema. As soon as the Irishman dropped on Netflix, Twitter was immediately flooded with people sharing the unconventional ways they would be indulging in Mr Scorsese's instant classic.
4 methods to watch ‘THE IRISHMAN’ the way that Martin Scorsese intended.
Time to watch The Irishman as Martin Scorsese intended — on my iPad, in 20-minute chunks in between mandated family activity over the next 4 days— Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon) 27 November 2019
watching the Irishman on my flip phone like Scorsese intended— khoi | parasite oscar's campaign manager (@fkaswig) 27 November 2019
I will watch “The Irishman” as Martin Scorsese intended, on an iPhone while hiding from my kids in the bathroom, broken up into 17 parts over 2 1/2 weeks.— Matt Hubbard (@mrhubbard00) 20 November 2019