192) Gangs of New York (2002)
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father’s killer.
7/10 – I really don’t care if it is historically inaccurate. It’s going to be near impossible to make a film to everyone’s liking, but you have to admire Scorseses talent in this movie. If you take this at face value what you are presented with, it is a compelling story, with excellent performances, set against an impressive backdrop of 1860’s New York. It’s hard to not enjoy it. Although, I don’t feel it lived up to the hype. It seemed like it went on for 20-30 minutes longer than it needed to, which meant the intensity of this revenge plot was weakened over time. Had it of been condensed, then the anticipation and unnerving aspects that I love from this type of story-line would have been much more prominent.
It’s worth watching just for Daniel Day Lewis’s performance alone though, even if he does sound like Vic Reeves in Catterick.