This week, the internet has gone The Irishman mad. If you are a movie fanatic, you'll probably be aware of the immense hype that's surrounded the gangster spectacle, especially since it just dropped Netflix. But it's also no secret that cinema can divide opinion. An award-winning movie can still be deemed by some to be overhyped -  and The Irishman is no exception.

It's time to stick the kettle on...

Microwave that popcorn, make up that excuse to get the day off work, shut your curtains, disconnect your phone... too far? I mean, you could also just watch it, you know when you have time.

Did you read the book?

The Irishman is actually based on a work of non-fiction called, "I Heard You Paint Houses." Written by Charles Brandt an ex homicidal prosecutor, investigator, and defense attorney back in 2004. The narrative focuses on the life and times of Frank Sheeran. Brandt became fascinated by Frank and his supposed connections to the Bufalino crime family. After its release, it seemed as though the general public became pretty fascinated too. Brandt's book went on to become a crime bestseller.

Scorsese directed the picture.

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With Martin Scorsese's excellent track record in making quality gangster movies *cough* GoodFellas (1990), *cough* Mean Streets (1973), *cough* Gangs of New York (2002)... the list goes on.

Robert De Niro plays the lead.

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In what is astonishingly De Niro's ninth feature-length picture directed by Scorsese, it's clear that this pair have found the perfect rhythm. De Niro has been starring in Scorsese's movies since 1973.

Of course, having Al Pacino star never hurt anyone...

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Another legend to take on the project was gangster movie royalty, Al Pacino.

Don't forget about Joe Pesci...

Scorsese wasn't letting any gangster movie legends pass by when he was casting for The Irishman.

Remember Pesci from Goodfellas?

Joe Pesci is an actor that's certainly at home in a fedora. Pesci played mobster Tommy Devito in GoodFellas

Is it better than GoodFellas?

Now, I know some of you will be wondering this...what with Scorsese, De Niro and Pesci all attached to The Irishman it makes sense to compare the picture to its predecessor. Frankly, I think they're both masterpieces. Somehow they managed to do it again.

The Irishman hit theaters on limited release on November 1st, 2019.

But those who weren’t quite keen enough to catch it on the big screen were in luck, as the movie dropped on Netflix this week.

Though Scorsese wasn't sure about distributing through Netflix...

It's a sign of the times that a movie that packs a punch as much as The Irishman had a limited release in order for it to premiere on the streaming service Netflix. On the decision to go through Netflix, Scorsese said: "I think it’s a risk and no one wanted to do it for 5 or 6 years."

How else are people going to watch it?

It seems that distributing big-budget movies through streaming services is a future we are quickly moving closer towards. As Scorsese put it, "everyone can make films today, but no one can see them."

People have been desperate to watch The Irishman...

Well, obviously not quite enough to go and watch it during its limited release but like, enough to tweet about it.

Netflix is releasing a special documentary along with the movie.

As if they weren't giving us so much already! Along with the release of The Irishman, Netflix is releasing a documentary about the making of the picture.

Netflix India seemed particularly excited about the release.

They even had a countdown, those guys were sure pumped to watch The Irishman. 

"I just want to watch an Al Pacino movie, OKAY?"

It seems someone had bombarded Netflix India's twitter account with a request for an Al Pacino movie. I'm glad they finally got what they wanted.

But there's one slight hitch...

The movie is incredibly long... as in 209 minutes worth of mob warfare content.

While the film has drawn in significant acclaim, it looks like some people can't hack it.

It's no secret that cinema can divide opinion and it seems to have certainly been the case with The Irishman. 

Some viewers haven't quite managed to buy into the hype...

Some have found the 3 and a half hour offering to be a little too much.

In fact, some have gone as far as to dub the movie "bloated and boring."

"The Irishman was an overwrought, boring, unsatisfying mess. I think guys like it solely because they, and we, yearn for a great gangster flick," wrote one unsatisfied user.

Have you watched the new movie yet?

We still think the movie's worth a watch - something that gets the internet talking this much is bound to be interesting...