Gangs of New York
Movie Reviews | Dec 20th, 2002
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson
Written By: Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
I kind of talked about Leo and Cameron Diaz already and saying they didn’t belong in this film but the other actors did a fine job. Jim Broadbent was great as Boss Tweed.
It amazes me how lots of European actors can pull off the American accent. Maybe they are all over there making fun of us like we make fun of them with their accents? Anyway, Brendan Gleeson (Also in Braveheart, A.I.) did a great job from the time he was given and I wish he didn’t go out like a punk. Same goes with John C. Reilly. I wish there was more of him.
I kind of wished all of Priest Vallon’s former gang members went over to Amsterdam’s gang. Daniel Day-Lewis does a great job though, and he deserves an Oscar for his work. Maybe he should go back to making shoes in Italy, and then come back, make a movie, and so on. Get the best out of him? On the direction side, some of the shots were done really great and sometimes it was a bit chaotic. I’m sure there was a lot more gore and violence in there but was left on the cutting room floor.
I mean, the film is really violent, but I bet there was even more. I didn’t think there was that much SFX in the film, or really noticeable so that was good I guess. Conclusion: Daniel Day Lewis rocks, and so does the opening scenes but the rest of the movie is a little disappointing. I was still entertained in the end, and got past the I’m not Irish, Yes I am accents of Dicaprio and Diaz.
Favorite Scenes: The opening sequence is by far the best part of the film. The snow on the ground goes from pure white to bloody red. Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill The Butcher was excellent!
Running Time: 160 minutes