It’s clear to see the talent behind the camera in this film. Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the first time, and the result is exactly as good as it sounds. Daniel Day-Lewis’ character is terrifying, but extremely watchable. Solid acting and directing makes Gangs of New York an achievement of a film. It’s a long movie, grab a popcorn. Happy watching.
I wouldn’t normally describe any movie as “perfect”, but after my most recent viewing of James Cameron’s Titanic, I’ll have to change that rule. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have the sort of chemistry that other on-screen couples can only dream of achieving. That’s impressive by itself, but the rest of the movie is shot so beautifully, you might forget this movie is 3 hours long! The only VHS I can remember that needed 2 separate tapes! It’s ironic, because what I found particularly interesting on this repeat viewing was the fact that you could look at Titanic as 2 completely separate movies. The first half is a romantic drama, telling the age-old story of forbidden love. The second half, however, is an action thriller. Once the Titanic hits the iceberg and the ship begins to sink, the movie becomes about survival. And because of the blossoming love we witnessed in the first half of the film, the gravity of the situation is only heightened. I’ve seen the movie at least 10 times, and even thought I know how it ends, it doesn’t take away from my enjoyment of the film. The journey that James Cameron takes us on is beautifully inspired and I can’t recommend this movie enough. I’m not crying, you’re crying! Happy watching.
“I’m the king of the world!”
Look, if you put Jackie Chan in a movie, I’m there. Johnny Knoxville also makes an appearance in this film I’m not sure what to think about that, but for better or for worse, this combination is exactly what you would expect it to be. We’ve seen it before with Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon. For whatever reason, Jackie Chan plays a great straight man opposite an eccentric wingman. I was mostly along for the ride, but I didn’t have high expectations. The best thing I can say is that this movie is that a good sense of humor about itself, but I probably won’t return to this movie for a while, if ever.
Side note: I’m convinced this movie was made for China and there’s nothing wrong with that. Dub better.
“I’m actually on a cleanse.” – Johnny Knoxville as Jackie Chan feeds him a goat testicle.