Tom Charity wrote about Leonardo DiCapricio:
"Gangs of New York and The Aviator had an awful lot going for them, but by common consent, neither felt as essential as, say, Raging Bull, or GoodFellas."
I guess. Personally:
I tried Raging Bull recently. I got twenty minutes into it, and I got so sick of low-brow people yelling at each other that I had to drop it. I mean, come on. (The same is true for many films of the period, like Mean Streets.)
Goodfellas I didn't get. I didn't see the great interest, just as I don't see it with The Godfather. And it's not that I don't like the gangster genre necessarily, The Sopranos is one of my favorite TV series.
Gangs of New York I may get around to seeing. Though I hesitate, for the idea of gangs of poor boys struggling in old-time NYC turns me off. (Though not as much as a love story taking place on the a sinking ship. I'll watch Mexican soaps for a year before I'll watch Titanic.)
The Aviator I loved. I thought Leo was good, the visuals were amazing, and I am still punch-drunk from the double wammy of Cate playing Kate. O mama, such beauty, such style.
Leo was awesome in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.