Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gangs of New York

I don't know how many people have seen Gangs of New York, personally I just watched it and I have one word for it. Wow.

The word Wow can be taken different ways.  In this case the word Wow simple means blown away.  Still not sure?  Well if you saw the movie you know exactly what I mean.

Gangs of New Work is a movie about exactly that, Gangs in New York. The difference is the movie takes place during the Civil War.  Now, I have to be honest here; I never realized that gangs excited then, but then again why not?  Why wouldn't it?  The United States was in turmoil.  The North was fighting the South.  Abraham Lincoln had a tough job in front of him.  Immigrants were coming off the boats at Ellis Island left and right.  What surprised me in the movie though was how as the immigrants got off the boats the military was there signing them up for the war. Think about it, as they got off the boats at Ellis Island ready to start their lives in a new land, they were signed up for war and put right back onto a boat; most probably to lose their lives. Never thought about that.  Did you?

Now I don't know how much of the history part of this particular story line is true, but wow; there's that word again; did it raise a few eye brows in my house.  The story has well played out, the acting was A list with actors ranging from Liam Neeson, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day Lewis (Loved him in Last of the Mohegans), Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more. The violence was very realistic, and it was very violent, but I'm not sure the movie could have played out any other way. 

The heart of the story is about a young boy who's father (Liam Neeson) the leader of the Dead Rabbits; who is killed in a fight by the Leader of the Natives (Daniel Day Lewis).  The young boy grows up (Leonardo DiCaprio), and avenges his father by becoming tricking his enemy (Daniel Day Lewis).  It's the political historic back story with all the violence and way of life that makes the movie what it is. a Wow.

If you are in the mood for an eye opener. It's a definite go see.  Just be warned, it's not for kids.

1 comment:

  1. I wish we still made the immigrants sign up for war. It's only fair.