Gangs of New York (2002)
USA / English
"America Was Born In The Streets."In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
A Great Movie, Worth The Wait
For about three months now, I have (on an almost daily basis) passed a
theatre not far from my home. On the side of this movie theatre is a huge
poster advertising the movie "Gangs of New York". Meanwhile, all I heard
about on television was the buzz about the upcoming "Gangs of New York".
when this highly publicized movie finally opened, I went and saw it.
I went to the theatre, I bought my ticket, I found a seat in a very
theatre and I sat. For three hours I sat in that dark theatre and I
what was one of the most amazing movies I have ever had privilege to
It is hard to even begin to explain why this movie was amazing, but it
The way it was shot is brilliant. The cinematography is spectacular. The
story is completely enthralling.
Although the movie was just shy of three hours long, it was not at all
boring to watch. The story was captivating and although I knew how it was
going to end (because, after all, it is a movie based on a true-ish
it was incredible to watch how it got that end.
Above all, the movie was beautiful to watch. I have to admit to those who
have not yet seen it that "Gangs" is quite violent. However, the violence
was well shot and it was fairly necessary to the story.
All of the actors put in extremely good performances. Leonardo DiCaprio
really proved that he's not just a pretty face and that he does actually
have a great deal of talent (which can also be seen in his other movie of
the season, "Catch Me If You Can"). Cameron Diaz' performace also proves
that she can do much more than the standard romantic comedy. Also, after
hearing reports of Daniel Day Lewis' REALLY getting into his character, I
admit that it was completely worth it. His character (William
the Butcher) is so complex and although you know you hate him, you can't
decide why (for there are so many reasons).
In conclusion, if you have not seen this movie yet, go. Go now. See it.
is one of the epic movies of our time. I heard that Scorcese has been
conceptualizing this movie for over twenty years; I could tell. The story
this movie tells is one that I had never heard and the way in which it
told makes it seem very important for us to know. The message that is
conveyed, although not an entirely wholesome one, is an important one to
learn and, if considered, is very relevant to our time. However, my only
message to you is this: see this movie.