Monday, March 28, 2011

Who Doesn't Love Leo?

Matt and I spent the evening watching movies on Netflix Instant Queue tonight. I swear to you, our Blu-Ray player is the best investment we have ever made, hands down. It has gotten more than its share of use in the last few months since we bought it -- I'm almost afraid it's going to burn out!  Anyway, neither of us had seen Shutter Island, but it was available to watch, so after some debate we clicked it on. I really wanted to see it, but Matt wasn't terribly enthusiastic which is strange for him, he normally loves psychological thrillers. I talked him into it, but only after he confided that he actually doesn't care for Leonardo DiCaprio.  I was like, "Wait, what?!" Who doesn't like Leo?  It just blows my mind!

I started listing off movies he liked that had Leonardo DiCaprio in them, to which he simply replied, "Those movies are good dispite him, not because of him."  I just shook my head in disbelief, I mean, Revolutionary Road was amazing, Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York, The Beach, The Man In the Iron Mask, The Quick and the Dead... nothing, he wasn't budging. He just kept insisting that he liked them despite DiCaprio (who he ineloquently called DiCraprio). There wasn't a single one of those movies I disliked and I liked them because of DiCaprio, not despite of him.  I think he's a fantastic actor and my god, he's so cute -- look at those fantastic blue eyes *swoon*! Until tonight, I didn't know it was even possible to dislike him.  Leave it to Matt to enlighten me -- okay, that might be slightly melodramatic, I've known people who've not liked him, but geesh, not under my own roof!

When all of those movies failed to move him, I tried one more thing, I went back to the early 90s and evoked Growing Pains. Still nothing, he just looked at me like I had a screw loose and went back to watching the movie. The man really, genuinely doesn't like Leo.  It boggles the mind.  I mean, sure he looks like he's eternally 20 years old, but I can overlook that.  Besides, in his last few movies, particularly Revolutionary Road and Shutter Island there were many moments when I thought he was really starting to look his age... not that that's a bad thing, mind you.

Anyway, I've still not seen Inception, even though we own it, but Matt says it's not that great.  He said the plot let him down, especially after all the hype he'd heard about it; he really expected more.  I can respect that, I suppose. Then, looking at his IMDb tonight, I saw something that made me squeel with giddiness.  Wait for it... Wait... *breathe*... The Great Gatsby re-make is in post-production and Leonardo DiCaprio played Jay Gatsby (a role formerly filled by Robert Redford)!  I simply cannot wait for this movie.  I love The Great Gatsby.  I truly believe it's the 20th century's great American novel. If you haven't read it, do, soon, it's a very quick read and well worth the three or so hours spent.

Did I just spend an entire post talking about Leonardo DiCaprio?  Why yes, yes I did, and I'd do it again.