Saturday, July 17, 2010
Gangs of New York
Underwhelming, and I've been trying to put my finger on why.
Suspect number one has to be Leonardo di Caprio. I know that the little girls love him, and I actually think that he _can_ act... he just didn't have the weight for this part. Too pretty? Too blond? Didn't help that he was up against Day-Lewis.
Suspect number two, though, is that very same performance from Day-Lewis. Every so often he seemed to be impersonating Robert de Niro, which I guess was deliberate, but was veryoff putting. I kept expecting him to say something about milkshake to little Leo.
Suspect number three has to be studio interference, which apparently was extensive. Yet even with a further half hour or so of coverage, it's not as if the film was too short - more like the opposite. Is it simply that Scorcese need to be reined in? Don't know.
Some great moments, mainly involving Day-Lewis, but I finished it feeling 'so what?' Not a good sign. At some point I'll watch it again with the Director's commentary, and see if that reveals anything useful.