Will The Irishman Revitalize the Gangster Genre?
Martin Scorsese is back and doing what he does best – making gangster films. The director who was responsible for Goodfellas, Mean Streets and Casino is back with The Irishman, his first wise-guy offering since Gangs of New York in 2002. Netflix gave the legendary director free rein to create this passion piece, and the three-and-a-half-hour-long epic is due to hit the streaming service at the end of November. The question is, will this film serve to bring the gangster genre back into the mainstream?
The Irishman has been in development in some way or another since 2007, but it kept getting derailed. The glaring issues were the massive production costs and the fact that it was going to be difficult to market. Netflix bought the film from Paramount Pictures in 2017 for $105 million and agreed to finance its $125 million budget. The official cost of the film ended up being $159, as a lot of visual effects had to be used on making Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci appear younger in a number of the scenes.
The Irishman premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival in September and received excellent reviews from critics. Stephanie Zacharek from TIME gave the film a perfect score. It also holds an impressive approval rating of 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. With it being on Netflix, The Irishman will be accessible to a high number of people, and there is a good chance that it could help rekindle moviegoers’ desire to see more gangster flicks. It could also have an effect on the game world.
During the 1990s and 2000s, the gangster genre was ubiquitous in the mainstream. There were popular movies like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and American Gangster. The genre was also prevalent in the game world, with The Godfather and Mafia series of games for console players being two standout examples. There aren’t as many games around at the moment, with the iGaming title The Dogfather perhaps being the most notable offering. The game is available to play at Zodiac Casino, which has a 200% deposit bonus according to this Zodiac Casino review.
Mafia III is the last major gangster game to come out for consoles, and the game from Hangar 13 was released in 2016. It was a commercial success, shipping 5 million copies worldwide. Despite receiving some negative reviews, this game proved that the gaming community is still hungry for gangster titles. Players of this will certainly be hoping that The Irishman encourages developers to revisit the genre and create some fresh content.
One of the most appealing things about The Irishman is the reunion of De Niro and Pesci for the first time since Casino. Whenever the two have appeared together, magic has happened. Add to that the fact that Pacino and Harvey Keitel are also included, and there is a strong recipe for success. There is a high chance that The Irishman will encourage other directors to get into the gangster genre, and there could also be an influx of new games.