Gangs of New York cannot “preserve the order of things”

17 Nov

Martin Scorsese’s film, The Gangs of New York brings audiences back to 1860s when turmoil and change were happening on all fronts in America. A war was being fought in the South while immigrants from all nationalities were landing in New York City with dreams of hope and freedom. It is a beautifully shot movie that reveals the violent animosity between “native” Americans wanting to keep their city from falling in the hands of “non-native” immigrants, particularly the Irish Catholics.

Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) returns to Five Points to seek revenge for his father’s death many years earlier at the hands of Bill “The Butcher” Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis). The two leads, along with Brendan Gleeson give amazing performances that save this film from its obvious shortcomings. Mainly, the miscasting of Camereon Diaz and the film’s unexpected change in the story’s scope. Bill Cutting is my favorite all-time villain, but Day-Lewis cannot save the “film” from becoming just another “movie.”

WORD COUNT: 159

Chuck’s Grade: B

Adam’s Grade: B-

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