Martin Scorsese’s new film gets a softer certificate than you may have been expecting.

Whilst we wait and see just what cinema chains in the UK will pick up Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman for exhibition ahead of its Netflix bow, the BBFC has now at least formally rated the film.

Perhaps surprisingly, the movie has earned a 15 certificate from the BBFC, less surprisingly for its “strong violent” and “language”. The latest three collaborations between Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese – Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino – were all given an 18 in the UK, but times have changed somewhat. Plus, well, it’s a different film. We shall proudly collect our stating the obvious award.

Netflix will be putting the film on its service at the end of November, and it is available for a limited cinema run in the weeks before that (from November 8th in the UK).

We already know that most big cinema chains are boycotting the film in protest at Netflix’s apparently token commitment to a cinema release (seen as key for the film’s Oscar chances). Vue and Picturehouse in the UK have confirmed they won’t be showing it, and most major chains are expected to follow suit.

At the moment, you’re best looking for your local independent if you want to see the 209 minute feature on the big screen.

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