Gangs of New York (2002) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

Gangs of New York

acting 7

directing 6

writing 6

effects 8

editing 6

SW score: 33

3.3 out of 5 octopi

++ I like Martin Scorcese. I like Cameron Diaz. I like Daniel Day-Lewis. I like Leonardo DiCaprio. I really didn’t like this movie very much. Sure, the cinematography was gorgeous. The colors were probably a little too bright and stylized for gritty realism but the gamble worked for me. The acting performances were fine but none of them were the particular actor’s best work. The same can be said for Scorcese. It is far from his directorial masterpiece. I don’t know why Scorcese is so taken with heroes infiltrating evil organizations so that they can seek justice. Wasn’t this essentially the same plot as The Departed? Yes, I get it was different but his heart beats the same. The plot is bare-bones simple. It’s revenge. But it isn’t short. These master directors, once they get anointed as such, tend to make films that are 45 minutes too long. I would not tell Scorcese he needs to cut so and so scene. I don’t think anyone has told him this in a long time. For all of the big creatives in this film, this is the middle of the road of their mostly stellar careers.




(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 šŸ™, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feelingā€¦not that SW score is scientificā€¦but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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