Daniel Day-Lewis Month #2: Gangs of New York, Last of the Mohicans

Gangs of New York

Irrespective of the material, A Scorsese flick is always going to be interesting to watch. Times when the stars are aligned and the director finds a magical script which is perfectly suited, the result can be epic. From Raging Bulls, God Fellas and Taxi Driver, Marti Scorsese is a director who has rightfully earned his spot as one of the best movie directors of all time. Like any other artist, Scorsese is going to dabble. Many at times, the result might be interesting like Age of Innocence and After hours. All these movies might not be his masterpieces by they all contain moments of brilliance together with the directors flair.

William Scorsese has not only been editing but also reworking on this movie for a long while. With tha said, this film is filled with subplot after subplot like the love story between Leonardo Di Caprio and Cameroon Diaz. Leonardo and Diaz uncover each other’s secrets and pasts. The movie eventually picks up when Gangs are introduced into the story. Daniel Day Lewis steps in to create one of the most memorable villains of all time, Bill the Butcher. Bill rules his gang with an iron fist. Apart from rulling his gang with an iron hand, Daniel Day Lewis in turn makes bill into a villain that every movie villain must be.

Gangs of New York was officially released on the 20th of December 2002 and was distributed by Miramax films. The director was Martin Scorsese while the producers were Alberto Grimaldi and Harvey Weinstein. The movie received positive reviews from both movie goers and critics. Daniel Day Lewis received praise for his outstanding performance. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a rating of 75 per cent while Metacritic gave the movie a rating of 72 percent.

The Last of the Mohicans

As a rapturous revision of a classroom classic, the Last of the Mohicans follows after the trailblazing flicks, Unforgiven and Dance with the Wolves. Set in the early 1970’s, during the Indian and French war, this movie looks at the glorious opportunities of a New World and also the violent collision of different cultures. The explosion brought forth a substantial hybrid which was represented by Daniel Day Lewis (HawkEye) a European adopted son of a patrician Mohican Chingachgook.

The last of the Mohicans in general, is part historical creation, part modern dance since the story has very little to do with the directors original movie which had been criticizes for being shallow and racist in nature. With that said, this movie has a running time of 112 minutes. It was directed by Michael Mann and produced by Hunt Lowry and Michael Mann.

The last of Mohicans received praise from critics, with most of them commending the movie for its music and cinematograph. This movie is a certified fresh and has received a rating of 94 per cent from Rotten Tomatoes. This movie has won an Academy Award for the Best Sound. At the box Office the movie claimed number one on its opening week. At the end of the opening week, the movie had grossed a total of $10,000,000 and at the end of the run, the movie had grossed a total of $75,505,856.


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