This movie is almost perfect...but it will make you hate humans on a grand scale all over again. Apparently almost nothing has changed since the mid 1800s (I feel like crying and vomiting in rage--what's the word for that? Hmm). Still so much hatred and racism and corruption and greed ruining everything. Still a badly broken system that uses the less fortunate to prop up the elite.
(More under cut...)
Is it violent? Well, yeah! It has to be, that's how it was back then. You know I don't have any problems with that in general. But I did notice something that kinda ticked me off. So this movie is highlighting the racism against the Irish, Blacks and Chinese, in that order. So why were the depictions of violence against the black people shown more graphically than even the big battle scenes (shows mostly white fighters). I definitely noticed that, and I don't think I did the first time I saw it. I thought it was a bit glorified because they weren't major players in the story but then they suddenly get all this screen time for the lynching?? I don't know. I think differently now than I did even a few years ago and it just felt off.
Something else I didn't appreciate was while watching the credits, I noticed these three acting credits:
It seems like prostitute might have been a better word choice?! Imagine, "Oh yeah I'm in this huge blockbuster movie... Yup, Whore #2. Thanks Grandma I knew you'd be proud." o_O
Just irritating. I hope there would be a few differences if this were made today.
All things considered, if I had to rate this I'd still give it a 9/10. The acting is incredible and even though it's three hours long it seems to fly by. (That's a lot of sitting/TV for one day so we split it over two evenings.)
I think Cameron Diaz was a very poor casting choice, by the way. I love her as a comedic actress, she definitely has talent, but she was absolutely dwarfed by Daniel Day-Lewis and even Leo (I'm coming around on him in the way we talked about Tom Cruise).
Oh wow--I just remembered. Harvey Weinstein was listed as producer. -_- Which I guess explains some of it.