Monday, June 20, 2011

The pros and cons of Gangs of New York

Pros:
* Daniel Day-Lewis gives a stunning performance
* Brendan Gleeson is pretty good in it too
* Fight scenes are all fairly cool
* Costumes and setpieces are really good, lots of top hats
* Liam Neeson's role is basically a cameo, but it's the best thing he's done in ages
* DDL's accent is ridiculous and awesome
* The Tammany Hall subplot works pretty well
* It's fun to analyze the power structures of the film

Cons:
* Any scene with Cameron Diaz is basically unwatchable
* John C. Reilly is mostly wasted
* The Civil War subplot doesn't quite work
* The ending really kills the movies momentum
* Too much Irish music (aka: any at all)

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