Despite Martin Scorsese's crime drama The Irishman receiving a lot of love from critics, the internet seems to have responded to the film in a rather unexpected way, with many calling the film 'boring' and wondering whether it is worth simply watching the three hour epic on the tiny monitor of their phone.

Well, Netflix, the streaming service that has of course released the film, has now responded to those fans wondering what the ramifications might be for reducing Scorsese's masterpiece to a handheld screen.

"He absolutely WILL appear but instead of a beating he will simply sit across from you for the entire film and twinkle his eyes in a grandfatherly way that says "it's ok my child, formats and presentation matter, but your experience of art is valid no matter how you receive it."

Whether the legendary director's response would be so philosophically mellow is debatable, and instead he would perhaps react much like the violent gangsters he brings to the screen so well. This tweet from Netflix comes in response to a specific user, concerned that Martin Scorsese may start dishing out beatings.

"Debated watching The Irishman on my phone for this four hour bus ride but I feel like Scorsese will magically appear and beat my ass if I do."

These concerns from fans have stemmed from discussions Scorsese has been having since the release of The Irishman last week, with the director admittedly not even considering that people might use their phones to watch the film.

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"That I never thought of. That I never thought of. Certainly, I could say, the past 20-some odd years, I've made films both for television and - in terms of the screen size - for the theater. Never for a phone. I don't know how to do it. I wish I could, I don't know how. No, I don't get it."

Though his feelings towards squinting at a mobile are rather negative, he does seem to look slightly more favourably on watching his back catalogue on an iPad, so long as it's a big one.

"Well, I would suggest - if you ever want to see one of my pictures, or most films - please, please don't look at it on a phone, please. An iPad, a big iPad, maybe."

But, ultimately, the theater is where he thinks the best viewing experience will be had, whilst surprisingly acknowledging the sheer length of his newest effort. Really, Scorsese just wants audiences to treat The Irishman with a modicum of respect.

"I'm not saying because, 'Oh, I made it.' It was an interesting narrative structure, and it got me involved each time. In a funny way, I think I made it to cover all the bases in terms of how you could watch this picture. Ideally, I'd like you to go to a theater, look at it on a big screen from beginning to end. And I know, it's long - you gotta get up, you gotta go to the bathroom, that sort of thing, I get it - but also at home, I think if you can make a night of it, or an afternoon thereof, and know that you're not gonna answer the phone or you're not gonna get up too much, it might work."

Despite the cries of boredom from a subsection of movie fans, and the desire to watch the film on the go, The Irishman is currently sitting at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and is being considered by many critics to be one of the best films of the year. This come from Netflix Film Twitter.

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