Gangs of New York

January 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE:  Gangs of New York

NUTSHELL:  In crime-plagued, corruption-packed, gang-controlled mid 1800’s New York City, a young man tries to avenge his Irish father’s murder by a Nativist.

GOOD THINGS:  If it say LeoLeoLeo on the label label label then you will like it like like it on your — okay nothing good rhymes with that, Daniel Day-Lewis eating all the scenery in sight, Henry Thomas even though I thought he was Jeremy Davies throughout the entire film, great character names and peeks at Tammany Hall in the flesh

BAD THINGS:  Having to say I really liked this movie and then having to give reasons and be generally taunted by the world at large and then sad when Scorcese didn’t win.

FEATURES:  Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. “Every movie – thems the rules” Reilly, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Lewis, Cara Seymour, glass eyes and butchering

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  It’s bloody, there’s sort of quite a bit of acting, plus racism but just ride it out, it’s good for you.

NOTABLE:  If you like this movie, you’ll love one of my favorite books:  “Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York” by Luc Sante.  It encompasses other time periods than just the Draft Riots era and is super good.

BEST PART:  The Production Design and Costume Design <drool>

BEST LINE:  Hey, have you met Amsterdam? He almost fish-hooked McGloin.

CROWNS:  5 out of 5

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