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Andy Patrick
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Mr. David Harris
18 November 2011
Cultural Review: Gangs of New York

In his review, Roger Ebert gave the film Gangs of New York, directed by Martin Scorsese, a three and a half star rating out of four and made both positive and negative comments of the movie. Although he gave it a favorable review he also said it was “very good but not great”(Ebert). The problem with Ebert’s review is that he does not review the details of the movie, such as the acting or the set or soundtrack, but critiques the movie only as a whole after a long summary of the film. Gangs of New York was a great movie with a couple of fantastic performances by both Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio, and Roger Ebert’s review did not do it justice. The main problem that I have with Ebert’s review is that he ends with an entire paragraph that compares Gangs of New York with Scorsese’s other films such as GoodFellas and Casino. He says that he does “not think this film is in the first rank of his masterpieces”(Ebert). The problem with that kind of judgment is that Gangs of New York is a completely different kind of movie than Scorsese had ever done before. Ebert is essentially telling us that he likes gangster movies better than historical fiction. I personally do not think that Gangs of New York is one of the greatest movies ever, but I do believe it is a great movie and one of my personal favorites. Bill the Butcher, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, is, however, one of the greatest characters in movie history. Day-Lewis plays Bill perfectly, and his personality is so unique in the film. He is sinister and wicked but also witty and humorous, and he is crazy but smart enough to make others believe he is the voice of reason. Dicaprio’s character, Amsterdam, is also written and played very well. Ebert was right to say that he is “not the most colorful person on…...

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