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.


  1. Why do you like The Great Gatsby so much? I had to read that back in high school and I remember it as two weeks of my life I'll never get back. I just couldn't empathize with any of the characters. Even Jay, at the very end, when Daisy treats him so terribly.

  2. I was unimpressed with it when I was in high school, too. Reading it again, as a graduate student, I was able to appreciate it in a whole new light. Give it another shot, it's a quick read.

    To answer your questions, there are a whole host of themes that are accessible to any reader in the book. Courtly love between Gatsby and Daisy. It's not about how Daisy treats him, Daisy isn't really the point. She's just the catalyst by which he measured his desire to rise above who he was. He pulled him self way up, because he loved her and wanted to make himself worth of her. Of course she couldn't live up to that, in the end, but that's not really important. Daisy is so much tinner and more hollow than Gatsby as a character.

    When I took the class, I wrote about Gatsby as a great American anti-hero (a hero who lives by their own rules). In the end, an idealist like Gatsby, who lives for an idealized love, cannot go on, which is a huge part of the end when they say he's okay, even though he's dead.

    Okay, I could go on and on, but I'll stop. That's just scratching the surface, but it's part of the reason I love this book!

  3. Don't disown me as a friend Kristyn, but I can't stand DiCaprio. He just sounds so...fake, and forced, in several of his films. Titanic was the worst (even though I love the movie). Titanic is such a perfect example of how a movie can still be a hit, despite lousy acting (Kate Winslet wasn't great herself). I guess a good plotline and awesome special effects are enough to pull some movies through. Your hubby worded it perfectly; movies starring Leo were good "in spite of" their lead; not because.

  4. I suppose I can forgive this one transgression, I mean, we've been through a lot. ;) As for Kate Winslet, Matt and I love her. So, even though he hates Leo, he LOVES Kate!

  5. 1. There are actors that you will watch in anything no matter how stupid it sounds.

    2. There are actors that you will watch if the movie sounds mildly interesting anyway.

    3. There are actors that you will only watch if the movie looks like it would be amazing starring a lump of clay.

    4. There are actors that you will avoid even if they are in the movie version of your all time favorite novel.

    Leo is a 3. I have enjoyed movies that he was in but would probably have like them better had they starred someone else.

  6. Haha--aptly stated, Amanda!

    Come on Kristyn, after all that we have been through, it WOULD be pretty funny if my sentiments toward Leo was the straw that broke the camel's back. ;-)

  7. ROFL... Jodi, I think if there was going to be a last straw, it'd have already happened, with our rocky past I like to think that we're well equipped to survive such problems! ~.^

    Besides,everyone has an imperfection -- I'll just have to chalk this up to yours!

  8. *tsk, tsk* Amanda, I think I can cope with your not understanding this one giving your preferences. :D Leo's HOT! Your feelings about his acting, however, are inexcusable!

  9. The only movie I loved him in was Catch Me If You Can. Or maybe I just loved the movie. I thought that was such a fun movie.

    I liked The Departed,but I don't know how much that had to do with him. I'll have to watch it again. The rest of his movies that I've seen, I haven't been terribly impressed with. I hated Shutter Island, because it felt like a cheesy M Night Shamalan movie with the obvious twist ending.

    I see he is working on playing J Edgar Hoover. I might watch that one.