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Home theatre wins this cinematic round

When a Scorsese film de facto premieres on TV, TV-watching gains critical respect.

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2019, 10.17 AM IST|Original: Nov 30, 2019, 10.17 AM IST
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FX films will have one advantage though: they can be enjoyed in halls and home.
Everyone’s a critic these days. And everyone’s been a film critic since Thursday when Martin Scorsese’s latest film, 'The Irishman', was first released. Well, it was actually premiered on November 1 in theatres, mostly in the US. But because the minimum period of 56 days (eight weeks) between a movie playing in theatres and reaching living room TV screens is non-negotiable in India, 'The Irishman' never reached desi halls.

Which brings us to the real issue (whether the film is great, ehh or yawn is your call, not ours): has watching movies on TV or home theatre finally gained the critical recognition that it earlier was denied — despite drawing many people (not all, as once feared) away from the traditional box office of cinemas?

Considering this is a Scorsese film, and not a supernatural-romance series or sitcom, The Insider premiering, for all real purposes, as a ‘streamed’ film on TV, carries clout, in favour of cineastes no longer losing caste on the couch.

Watching a three-hour-plus-long film makes sense watching at home. It looks like the future of cinema is no longer ‘eitheror’. Movies with great visual effects are likely to be ‘experienced’ better in dark halls with giant screens and surround-sound; and intense drama at home with the remote control in hand. FX films will have one advantage though: they can be enjoyed in halls and home.

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