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GANGS OF NEW YORK

I have no idea how accurate Martin Scorseseís Gangs Of New York is to history, and to the state of parts of New York between 1846 and 1863, but my God, I hated this movie.
In itís defense, I never should have seen it.
I knew going in that it wasnít my type of movie at all, and that Scorseseís not a favorite of mine at all, but I dunno, something about the trailer sucked me in.
Funny how a trailer can suck you in, but the movie can bore you to tears.

Where it gets tricky is that I know that there is plenty to be admired in this movie, and Scorsese does deserve a pat on the back. Thereís a lot going on, and Iím sure it wasnít an easy movie to coordinate and film.
Another plus, a definite plus, is the acting. The three leads are great, especially Daniel Day-Lewis. Personally, I feel his character was cartoonish, but he definitely played it well. Cameron Diaz was also very good. Her role wasnít too big, but she definitely was convincing. Leonardo DiCaprio was good, but I didnít really buy the accent. Still, I appreciated his performance.

I almost feel bad about hating this movie, because I realize itís a big critical success, and itíll be talked about when awards are handed out, but I canít help the way I feel.
I knew it would be bloody, but at times it just seemed bloody for shock value.
I know there was a lot going on on the streets of New York at the time, but at times there was way too much of a circus atmosphere happening. (Uh, I donít mean literally, even though at times there is literally circus behavior on screenÖeven Iím not that dense).
Anyway, I know this movie will have plenty of fans, but I guess Iíll just have to settle for not being oneÖ

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