Gangs of New York [Blu-ray]
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Gangs of New York may achieve greatness with the passage of time. Mixed reviews were inevitable for a production this grand (and this troubled behind the scenes), but it's as distinguished as any of director Martin Scorsese's more celebrated New York stories. From its astonishing 1846 prologue to the city's infernal draft riots of 1863, the film aspires to erase the decorum of textbooks and chronicle 19th-century New York as a cauldron of street warfare. The hostility is embodied in a tale of primal vengeance between Irish American son Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his father's ruthless killer and "Nativist" gang leader Bill "the Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis, brutally inspired), so named for his lethal talent with knives. Vallon's vengeance is only marginally compelling; DiCaprio is arguably miscast, and Cameron Diaz (as Vallon's pickpocket lover) is adrift in a film with little use for women. Despite these weaknesses, Scorsese's mastery blossoms in his expert melding of personal and political trajectories; this is American history written in blood, unflinching, authentic, and utterly spectacular. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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not sure how accurate it is historically,or if things really looked the
way they do in the movie.i still liked the look of it.to me,it seems a
lot of work went into the whole production and it shows.Daniel Day
Lewis is astonishing(nothing new for him).Leonardo DiCaprio was also
good.Cameron Diaz was not bad,but she didn't really impress me all that
much.her character wasn't as substantial as it could have been.like in
many movie,there's a good supporting cast.the movie is brutally
violent,which is probably an accurate depiction of that time.it is over
two and a half hours long,but it doesn't feel like it.i found myself
becoming very quickly and easily involved in the story,a sign of a good
movie.i wouldn't call it a masterpiece,but it is a very good movie.for
me,Gangs of New York is a 4/5
He is basically showing the other side of the civil war: how could the north be united if even New York wasn't united? There wasn't a general agreement about going to war, and the soldiers didn't volunteer to draft, they didn't have a choice. Yet, it doesn't make the war less tragic or less heroic.
I think he's also trying to show us the other side of America: America represents Democracy, Freedom, Equality, Justice, and yet, in this movie, it represents it as the exact opposite. It shows Violent, unequality, forced draffting and no justice. Americaof this movie is corrupted, ignorant, selfish and opressing, and yet, it's ok. A country can't be perfect, all the countries have skeletons in their closet, it just seems that America or the Americans had forgotten the dark sides of their past, and without admitting the truth, one shall never be free.
It's irellevant how historical this movie really is, because it is not telling us about history, it's telling us about America today, and how it remembers. In the end of the movie the hero said "As If We Were Never Here", and that is the essence of the movie- America rathers to forget the darker sides of it's past, and this movie is a remindment.
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Best movie for a movie night with friends has a little bit of something for everyone!Published 29 days ago by Ashley
I love this movie and watching it on this blu-ray was a great experience: the yreally did a great job on this remastered version, all the flaws from the original version were... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jerome
tien une evaluation différente pour changer du copier coller, des oublis ¸ça arive stu veux en tou cas tseé desfoisPublished on Jan. 29 2014 by simon roy
The man who wanted to quit filmmaking around the time Martin Scorsese came about with this role really created a superb character since he changed his mind... Read morePublished on Dec 28 2013 by Simon Bergeron
This film is one of those movies that gets credit with those who have seen it, and is unknown for those who haven't. Seriously. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2013 by Jesse
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