Does The Irishman Mean a New Chapter for Netflix?

The Irishman

Netflix’s The Irishman has just graced the screens of viewers around the world, and everyone is loving it. With scores like 97% from Rotten Tomatoes and 94% from Metacritic, it seems safe to say that everyone’s favourite streaming platform just “did something.” 

Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, the big-budget film indicates a new chapter for Netflix. Living up to other critically acclaimed series created by Netflix, the movie proves that the streaming site has what it takes to create its own content that is just as good — if not better — than what’s being produced in Hollywood. 

While it does raise a few concerns related to the producer being the platform — and whether that will encourage or detract from independent directors — this move towards self-production might indicate where the film industry is headed. We’ve already seen online streaming wipeout cable and even televisions in homes, so is the same thing about to happen with movies? And will movie theatres stick around once it does? 

As it stands, some issues have already been faced by the brand regarding the way they are doing things differently. In the United States, the company received pushback for refusing to wait the standard 90 days between theatrical release and streaming, Cheat Sheet reports. Despite such setbacks, however, the film has already seen massive success. After the award-winning film Roma last year, and now The Irishman, we suspect that this is just the beginning of a new era for Netflix: From what we can tell so far, the future seems bright. 

WATCH: Irishman – the official trailer.