Gangs of New York (2002)


images“The appearance of law must be upheld, especially when it’s being broken.” – Boss Tweed

Number of Times Seen – 2 (4 Mar 2003 in the Theater, 1 Aug 2013)

Brief Synopsis – The story of a boy who grows up and wants to avenge his fathers death at the hands of a New York gang leader in 1862.

My Take on it – I cant grasp why so many people rave about this movie. I don’t think it’s even close to being one of Scorsese’s best movies.

The only bright spot in this movie was Daniel Day-Lewis who is once again superb.  He was barely known when he won his first Best Actor Oscar for My Left Foot (1989), but since then, he has been nominated 4 more times (including here) and subsequently won twice [There will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012)].  He is the only actor in history to have won 3 Best Actor Oscars. (I think that one day either Tom Hanks or Sean Penn will tie him for it). Even though he was great in this movie, he was upstaged by Adrien Brody for The Pianist (2002) at the Oscars which shocked everyone in the audience, but Brody was definitely very well deserving.

Other than Day-Lewis, there isn’t much to say about this movie.  I felt no connection to any of the characters or their plights and both times that I saw it was wondering when it would finally end.

The best shot of the movie has new immigrants arriving in the US, getting off the boat, getting conscripted into the Union Army and after getting a gun and uniform board another ship on his way to fight in the civil war.

It makes you wonder if that really happened that way and if it did, that’s pretty absurd.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz also star as two people with grudges against Day-Lewis’ baddie.

If someone can try to explain to me why this movie got 10 nomination (no wins, tho), I’d love to hear the theory as to why.

Bottom Line – Epicly done, but I couldn’t get into it or care / sympathize with any of the characters.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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