You remember those newspaper archive stations at the local library? The ones that had a massive jog dial letting you *swoosh* back and forth between various periodicals? Well The Irishman felt like that, but only Martin Scorsese was the one operating the dial.
It's good. More than good. But probably the most clinical and straight-forward character film to come from the director that I can remember. There's a great breadth of historical material covered, most of it faithfully presented as sidebar to the Hoffa, Sheeran, Bufalino plotline (and delivered on the back of strong performances). But there are moments where Scorsese has the opportunity to fill in the blanks, and to me, that's when The Irishman really gets to shine — in that very special, very familiar Scorsese way (the bowling alley scene springs to mind).
I just wish we got more of that, and less him (beautifully) reading a newspaper to us.