I was warned that this would be an ordeal to sit through. The story and Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting certainly don’t carry the film, but it is far from terrible. The main attraction and payoff, is the grandiose sets depicting a New York hidden far below its current façade. It feels like a complete world, from the ships at the docks to the catacombs. It gets a little too clean, too set-like in the few sequences in midtown and of course the amount of light at night. But otherwise it is convincing and begs to be explored, which lucky Scorsese’s camera does.
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