Gangs of New York

   12 July 2004, late evening

I watched Gangs of New York last night with Gary, Martha, Chris and Shima. I enjoyed the movie, though I did find it to be a bit on the long side. The characters, the setting and the story are so over the top the film feels quite surreal. I thought Daniel Day Lewis was excellent in the movie, though I suppose he rarely disappoints. The film is basically a revenge story, set in 19th centuary New York city, a place where crime is rampant. I would say the film is worth watching, you should check it out.

The official Gangs of New York web site



  1. “Gangs” WAS long. Good story. Good directing. But, not the epic I think they were shooting for. I don’t think there was anything big that was wrong. Just a lot of little things for me, personally.

    I think Cameron Diaz was miscast. But, I’m not really a huge fan of her as a dramatic actor.

    Leo Dicaprio is great. But, he didn’t really hit his peak in “Gangs.”

    Daniel Day-Lewis was perfect as Bill the Butcher (rumor has it that Scorsese actually turned to De Niro before Day-Lewis, but he turned it down). Anyway Day-Lewis had one of those “tough guy” vibes. I mean, he’s not a huge guy (tall, but lanky), but in “Gangs,” holy smokes, he looked like he was ready to carve up anyone who looked at him wrong. VERY scary. I love that guy!

    And Brendon Gleeson is ALWAYS (really, ALWAYS) a treat onscreen. His Monk was just more of his good stuff. :-)

    There were some parts that were downright spooky, but had a beautiful feel about it… the part where Day-Lewis is draped in the flag… whew.

  2. Daniel Day-Lewis was aweseome in the movie. But, overall I felt it wasn’t a good movie. Not necessarily bad, but just not good.

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