Surprise, surprise. The dude who doesn’t think certain tentpole films are cinema feels the need to tell us how to watch his Netflix original movie. Okay, obviously, I’m exaggerating here. On the whole, Scorsese has been largely respectful about the things he’s said, even if I’d disagreed with them, and it’s no surprise that a filmmaker of his caliber would have opinions as to how best view their movie — even if it only is available on the small screen.
Speaking with Peter Travers on Popcorn With Peter Travers, Scorsese had a simple request for fans who watched his flicks — be it The Irishman or any of his other movies.
“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,” Scorsese told Travers.
Well, it’s not an unreasonable request, and while I can see where he is coming from here, I do think the spirit of his statement is to view the film in as idea of conditions as possible. All that being said, there is an intimacy with an iPhone and headphones that I think is underrated, as some of my fondest memories came from watching movies like In Bruges on my phone while riding the bus. There’s something magical about being transported from reality, even with a small phone.
But what do you think? Do you agree with Scorsese about viewing on a bigger screen, or is there something to be said for the smaller screens? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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