Well audiences seem split on this one. Grand scale story telling, occasionally mis-jointed but I enjoyed it. Daniel Day-Lewis hammed up Bill the Butcher but not so much that it wasn’t believable, the rest of cast were good, although no-one else really stood out. I DID expect more from Scorcese, but it was well handled with some good showpiece scenes, possibly took on too much in the story and I think that’s where it falls down. Never seems sure whether to concentrate on the characters or the back drop stories of abolition and the draft riots.
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Gangs of New York
Wow. I wasn’t too sure what to expect as I’d managed to stay away from most of the hype surrounding this film, but consider me impressed. An epic scale film, well directed, well acted (WHY doesn’t Daniel Day Lewis do more films?), some wonderful cinematography, and clever use of special effects. Not sure the exact running time but it certainly didn’t feel like a long film. Well paced and bar a couple of messy looking edits I can hardly fault it. 9 out of 10.
Ohh and for once I managed to spot the director in a scene, I usually don’t see those type of things until someone points them out to me.
Ohh and we watched Panic Room last night instead of The Fellowship of the RIng. We had been meaning to watch it for ages, I picked it up in a free DVD offer before Xmas (from Fox I think). Excellent movie too, if somewhat predictable. The tension is well handled and the leads do a good job with a minimal script.