A story about the last time I consumed this — 3 years ago
I remember going to the movies with two of my friends when this film came out, and, about three hours later leaving the theatre in disappointment and disgust. Sad to say, at that time the story was too serious for my liking, and thus I got very little out of it. Of course, I was at the delicate age of 15 then and not quite sure what to think about the things I saw.
Now, 6 years later, I watched the film from a completely different perspective. It was to be expected (and greatly hoped, too!), naturally, and I knew right from the beginning that this time I’d enjoy the film far more than I did the first time. And quite right – the scenery and cinematography are stunning and beautiful (in their own way!), creating a haunting atmosphere. Granted, the storyline is a little feeble, there should have been something more than just revenge, one single theme is too little for almost a three-hour film.
What comes to the actors, well, I was greatly intrigued by Daniel Day-Lewis’ character. I’m always drawn to the ‘bad guys’ in films, and Bill was no exception. A strange, strange character, and I think Day-Lewis played his part well, bringing out the peculiarity of his character without being too extravagant. DiCaprio on the other hand… he’s so mellow. Was there any rage in him? I didn’t see any, and, well, if you have lived 16 years in an orphanage, perhaps you lose your accent, but it still bothered me that he didn’t have even a hint of Irish accent left… I won’t even go to Cameron Diaz because I can’t stand her, I mostly just tried to tune her out.
All in all, I very much enjoyed watching Gangs of New York, not once did I wonder when it would end. But there is one ‘negative’ thing: all the Irish accent and music heard in the film just added to my desire to go to Ireland, I don’t think I can stand it much longer, let alone think about anything else! …but I don’t really mind. :D