I'm currently watching Shutter Island. Omg, the film sucks because Leonardo Di Caprio is in it. The guy is absolutely awful. There's no way to describe it.
So you should probably stop watching the movies where Leonardo DiCaprio is the star.
R1, I did not go [italic]looking[/italic] for Di Caprio films, it just so happens that he was in that film which I thought would be interesting from reading the movie plot.
Why does this guy get to be in these interesting films. Seriously.
I actually think he's a very good actor.
Avoid Django Unchained, OP. To say nothing of the new Great Gatsby.
He owes his career to the passing of River Phoenix.
I'm somewhat tired of Leo at this point but I don't much mind him.
I enjoy Di Caprio when I bother to watch what he's in.
I thought he was excellent in "The Departed", "Titanic", "Gangs of New York" and "Romeo & Juliet"
I haven't watched him in anything else.
Ridiculous lies. Everything about Shutter Island sucks, the acting is probably the best thing about it.
Terrible actor, he should thank his lucky stars.
People like OP with their stupid fucking agendas are what's most annoying about DL.
[quote]He owes his career to the passing of River Phoenix.
Nah. River Phoenix was 4 years older than DiCaprio. When River died, Leo was still doing teen parts. Leo owes his career to Robert DeNiro, for picking him to play his stepson in This Boy's Life.
There are two actors I avoid: Leonardo DiCapria and Ryan Gosling. The former I think is just a terrible actor. He has two modes of acting: he either looks far off and whispers his words, or HE. SAYS. EVERYTHING. LOUD. WITH. A. PAUSE. IN. BETWEEN. EVERY. SINGLE. WORD. He's just not good. As for Gosling, he's just too mannered and "Oh, look how soulful and deep I am" for me.
I could not disagree more. I know Shutter Island is not popular but I loved it and thought in particular Leo was good.
I thought this might have been his chance at Oscar, his scenes at the end were amazing. Michelle also was great with of course an incredible supporting cast.
Although it felt like his Shutter Island family were transported to Inception.
Ugh, a thread for hipsters.
I think Leonardo is a very good natural actor. The problem is that he trys too hard to give an oscar winning performance in every film. He was miscast in The Aviator and that J Edgar movie. I hate the films he has done with Scorsese. Leo's acting seem very forced in Scorsese's films. He was good in Inception.
I have high hopes for Gatsby.
I thought the Departed was his best.
That monstrosity of a house killed any interest I might have had in Gatsby.
I don't think he's a bad actor...
He's the best actor of this generation. Deal with it somewhere in between the feigned hate.
He was excellent in Blood Diamond. And his performance in Gilbert Grape was brilliant.
I don't know about best r19, but he's quite good. I've never understood the freaks (like OP) on here who arbitrarily trash people based on some psychotic resentment they've developed.
I like him. I loved Shutter Island. I think he's ugly and fat, though. If he was thin like he was as a teen, I'd enjoy watching him more. Don't give me the "people gain weight as they age" shtick. I can see regular people anytime. I want to enjoy good looks while watching blockbuster movies. I make exceptions for indies featuring unknowns. If you're gonna be a multimillionaire entertaining the masses, get rid of your fat ass and work for it.
Get off the carbs and booze, gay Leo! Go paleo!
Loved him in Marvin's Room (1996) with DL faves Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton.
He was an incredible child actor who hasn't grown very much. He does a lot of performing now but I usually don't believe him at all. Last performance of his I enjoyed was THE DEPARTED. The worst for me was REVOLUTIONARY ROAD. He and Winslet were trying so hard to be nominated with those performances it was hard to watch. Lots of screaming and tears and none of it real. Too bad too because they were both well cast in that film, now I don't want to see either of them act again.
He acts like the singers on AMERICAN IDOL sing.
Winslet and he were also good in the otherwise unnoteworthy Revolutionary Road.
He can't play a man.
He always comes across as a haggered, alcoholic 15 year-old.
Leo is the best actor of his generation bar none. He was great from the get go. Just take look at What's eating Gilbert Grape. He made the movie.
R27 That is because he was playing a child.
Ne never pulls off playing an adult man.
I see we have a prissy who's shown up at r26 r28.
He was very good in "The Departed" and in "Blood Diamond," which were released during the same Oscar season. He was nominated for "Blood Diamnond."
[quote]He acts like the singers on AMERICAN IDOL sing.
Excellent commentary, R24. There are too many actors for which that is an apt description.
I think it's maybe unfair, but it has been said before that Leo's baby face/ex-baby face look has made him less convincing as an adult.
But I'm with R27 all the way, the boy can act. The Grape performance was phenomenal and the fact he did that so young speaks volumes. You can never go full retard, but he was about the only one who did and did it brilliantly. I remember watching this and This Boy's Life at the time and being blown away.
Who else is of Leo's generation? Brad Cooper? lol.
I love Leo's acting. But, to me, his best acting was when he was younger. Once he began working with Scorcese I felt he lost the raw talent and became too precise in his acting. Django Unchained was the first film in a long time where I felt he was giving it his all.
He was the best thing in Titanic. He had a boyish charm that was very appealing and he looked really cute. I can see why the tweens went gaga over him. The Aviator was an entertaining movie and he was very good in the role of Howard Hughes. I also liked him in Gangs of New York. He held his own against Daniel Day Lewis and he was still trim and attractive. The ensuing years have not been kind. He appears to have lost his acting chops about the same time he lost his looks. I might watch Gatsby when it comes out on pay per view but I won't be seeing it in a theater. I am more interested in the sets and costumes and JayZzzz's soundtrack than DiCaprio's acting.
His acting career stopped with Titanic.
Matt Damon once said that a person stops growing, emotionally, the year they become extremely famous.
[quote]He was an incredible child actor who hasn't grown very much.
Leo got super famous after Titanic and just before he became a man. Unfortunately, it's hindered him from giving authentic "grown man" performances because he has ZERO experience being a man in the world. A cloistered life with zero real life experiences could never lead to incredible performances as an adult. He's a boy trapped in a man's body.
I will give him credit for Django. His best work in a while. And that character was a spoiled brat, arrested development. Obsessed with toys, power. It was in his wheelhouse.
[quote]Why does this guy get to be in these interesting films
You see, there was this movie called Titanic...
He's not so bad. He's no Andie MacDowell or Julia Roberts.
[quote]He was an incredible child actor who hasn't grown very much. He does a lot of performing now but I usually don't believe him at all.
^This. His acting was great when he was in his late teens/early 20's (This Boy's Life, Basketball Diaries), but his acting in adult roles has been hit and miss. It seems like he tries to hard now.
[quote]Leo is the best actor of his generation bar none.
Correction: He's the most famous actor of his generation. There's a difference between being the best and the most famous. He's a good actor, but hardly amazing these days.
Next to Tobey McGuire he's Laurence Olivier.
[quote]Correction: He's the most famous actor of his generation. There's a difference between being the best and the most famous.
This cries out for examples of better actors.
R41, Heath Ledger is a better actor than Di Caprio.
Heath Ledger has been dead for 5 years, therefore its not much of a comparison.
Joseph Gordon Levitt is a far better actor than Leo.
I think the biggest misfire was J Edgar. An awful film almost as bad as The Iron Lady.
But Leo's was a botched attempt at doing a Meryl style performance, she was a great performance in a terrible film. Not everyone can do voices.
Even without the mind mindbogglingly bad make-up it still wasn't a good performance and was so forced, obvious and Oscar bait. Armie Hammer was the only bright spot of that shiteous movie. Eastwood needs to fuck off.
R43 He, himself, may be dead, but his work lives on. The Dark Knight would have tanked had Leonardo played the joker not that Nolan would have let him.
& JGL isn't a great actor either. Frankly I prefer Bradley James who IS a good actor.
Armie Hammer was so effortless he really drew attention to how hard Di Caprio was working.
The Dark Knight would never tanked no matter who played the Joker.
Oh, Christ. The Heath Ledger troll has hijacked this thread. Be gone, before we drop a beat up pick up truck on you, Jack Nasty.
R41 Actors born in the 1970s I like more than Leo (b. 1974):
James Badge Dale
Leo-lookalike Eric Dane
and that just takes us halfway through the Hs.
R51, are we supposed to have heard of Walton Goggins? Christian Camargo? Eion Bailey? James Badge Dale? Who are these people?
Op - let it go, sweetie
He was fabulous in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"
Not only is R51's list ridiculous, I don't think any of them are better than DiCaprio.
Topher Grace? NPH? Josh Duhamel? The Grey's Anatomy guy?
R52 You just proved my point - people like you think he's the "best" actor of his generation just because he's the most famous, and like I said, being the most famous and the best are two different things. Just because someone isn't as famous doesn't mean they might not be better.
Maybe this will help the actorially-impaired (or is it lazy ass bitch?) R52.
The only interesting choice on r51's list is Christian Bale. The others are all meh.
R49, it wouldn't necessarily "flop"* without Ledger, but it would not go on to gross one billion in box office without Ledger. He was very involved in his role; many of the little details like fumbling of the remote control before blowing up the hospital was not scripted, it was of his own making. And the sinister clapping when Gordon becomes commissioner was also unscripted. In addition, he was also very involved in the face paint design. It cannot be denied that the success of "The Dark Knight" and the "The Dark Knight Rises" were largely due to Ledger's contributions.
*It'd most likely go on to gross a similar amount as Batman begins
Since when was Kevin McKidd from the US? Wtf.
Yet they're all more interesting than Leo, R58.
r27 is right
And The Dark Knight Rises grossed over a billion without Ledger, R59.
r51 did you do a search on wikipedia or imdb and just copy and paste the results?
R64, that's because "The Dark Knight" was so good that people wanted to see the third movie. Also, "The Dark Knight Rises" did not outgross "The Dark Knight" domestically.
Bale I've had huge problems with. Now before The Fighter he had put in a long series of bland performances and when he did make an effort it was really laboured obvious Oscar bait and wannabe method actor. So all the criticisms that are being leveled at Leo apply to him.
I did however think he was really good in The Fighter, again another dull film that was an excuse for Oscar bait performances (Silver Linings Playbook much better). His fans are the worst, even scarier than Kidman loons. I'm sure they wouldn't bang on about him being "the best" were it not for his looks.
R65, Someone called LDC the best actor of his generation, which made me laugh. Then R41 made an excellent point, saying "This cries out for examples of better actors."
So I googled to find out when LDC was born, to get an idea of what his "generation" is. That year is 1974. I googled "Actors born in the 1970s," because LDC is right in the middle of the decade.
I put my personal favorites NPH (1973), Matt Keeslar (1972), and Topher Grace (1978) at the top of the list, then picked actors I like more than LDC from it. I barely scratched the surface. I only got from A to H.
Here's the list. You can compile your own list.
He was really good in Blood Diamond. As was Jennifer Connelley.
Each to his own but peer wise I expect he'd be named the best of his generation. Yes, we know the difference between most famous and the best. Just watch The Departed to see how much he towers over the other male actors in the piece in the acting department.
The post listing better actors than Leo was a laugh being it extended to Grey's Anatomy cast members!
He was brilliant in two flicks, The Departed and the Gilbert Grape movie. Everything else he's done has been average.
He is really a terrible actor. Completely stiff and without range. Plus I think he is stupid and a huge douche. HW execs must have the most horrible tastes to push these untalented pretty (he is very ugly now, looks like a bloated pumpkin) boys to become big stars.
He was completely lame and stupid in The Departed - as always!
Lots and lots of actors are better than Leo, R71. Lots and lots and lots of them. Even one on Grey's Anatomy who looks like him, only better.
I liked him in Django Unchained, but as R73 says, he did look just like a bloated pumpkin. Is he an alcoholic who hasn't quit drinking? Or was that just his character? Maybe that's why he was cast in the role of a drunk.
He was good in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. But beyond that...
The usual Datalonge thread that reeks of envy at the success of another.
Which tubby, basement dwelling, momma's boy started this thread and encouraged his fellow desperados to chip in with the Leo hate?
R77 R71 R19 Your repeated appeals in his name are not going to make him "the best actor of his generation" any more than people's pointing out that he isn't makes them "tubby" or "basement dwelling."
I am neither tubby nor have I ever lived in a basement. And your insistence that I am, or that I do, is not going to turn Leo into anything other than his bloated Mr. Pumpkin Head alcoholic self.
r77's speech sounds like dialoque from a shitty DiCaprio movie. You sure have a way with words, Cowboy.
For his early performance in WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE alone, I have always felt an expectant patience with Di Caprio, knowing that inside there somewhere is a remarkable talent. I just don't get to see it very often. But it's not the same feeling I have with actors such a Cruise, who never once showed a spark of brilliance.
DiCaprio isn't bad, and I wouldn't say he "ruins" films, however I've never found him to be more than sufficient. A movie could be made better with someone else, but he delivers the bare minimum.
[R75] I actually like him in Django unchained also is not bloated in it, wrinkled yes but not bloated.
R78 it just kills you that Leo was and is a greater success than you'll ever amount to no matter how much you try.
He'll continue to make movies whilst you are left with nothing but gay internet forums to complain about another's success.
Outed as a Brit. Gwynie, is it you?
R83 I couldn't get a flying fig about DiCaprios success, as I hardly watch his movies anyway. I had to suffer through a couple of DVD with him in the lead and he is just completely boring as an actor. He indeed has very limited talent. He must have been good at kissing HW butt though otherwise I have no clue why this guy is the success he is.
I agree OP. He ruined The Aviator, it was like watching a little boy play dress up in a grown man's clothes.
Was Leo really worse than Jamie Foxx's note perfect but soulless Stars in Their Eyes Ray Charles recreation? Every biopic cliche in the book.
That's among the least deserved wins of the 00s. The double nomination was more than enough for him.
Finally got around to watching Django. I'm not the biggest Leo fan, but I thought he was pitch perfect in this one. Maybe he was always meant to play the villain.
For a very brief moment, it must be so ego gratifying to come on here and anonymously shoot down the highly gifted and successful. You people are hilarious.
[quote]For his early performance in WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE alone, I have always felt an expectant patience with Di Caprio, knowing that inside there somewhere is a remarkable talent. I just don't get to see it very often.
That's how I feel too, R80.
Hi Leo @ r89
I stay away from his films. Not sure when it started but once I see him, I avoid.
There's a week to go - and STILL no reviews of "The Great Gatsby"?
I'm getting a whiff of "Eau De Stinker" about this one...
(Though that will be due to Luhr[id]man, 3-D and Jay-Z rather than Leo, I think)
He's done well for himself. J. Edgar was the only film I couldn't stand him in. I agree he was wonderful in Gilbert Grape.
I like his work. Guess I am the DL exception for Aviator. Thought Leo even made Howard likable, definitely felt empathy for the guy through Leo's portrayal.
However, Unchained I despised. Too one note and cliched for my tastes.
Favorite Leo: Grape, Departed, Quick, Catch Me, Aviator, Gangs.
Boring: Titanic, Boys Life, Romeo
Total crap: Unchained, Diamond, Road
I went to Leo's IMDb page - and realised that I have never even seen ANY of his films.
Made me realise that I used to go to the cinema 4 to 6 times a week. Now, I've been once in...when did "Wolfman" come out???
I've also never seen a 3-D movie.
[quote]There's a week to go - and STILL no reviews of "The Great Gatsby"?
The embargo is lifted today so there should be reviews coming out any time now.
If the embargo extended through Wednesday then you would know the movie is a major bomb. Otherwise this is standard operating procedure.
Isn't its delayed release evidence that it's already thought of as a bomb?
"The Great Gatsby" lookslike a horrible redo of "Bugsy Malone", what with Tobey and Leo looking like teens in 20's period clothing.
Ha, it kind of does resemble BUGSY MALONE, R100. the other problem with DiCaprio for me is he's so humorless. I can't imagine him delivering a funny line or doing a comedy.
[quote]I thought this guy was supposed to be taking a break, but he's signed on for ANOTHER movie.
Am I the only one tired of his back-to-back-to-back movies? It's like he never goes away. By the time that dumb Wolf of Wall Street comes out, he will have had 3 movies released within a 12 month period.
He's a lousy actor, his fat ugly mug laboring constipatedly over every line. Everything is such hard work and "craft" for him, and does it ever show.
Thank you R103! I thought I was the only one sick of him and thinks he's overrated. He seems to be addicted to the spotlight. And he is not good looking at all!
I forgive him for anything else he does because of his work in WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE.
The same way I forgive Whoopi Goldberg everything she's done - and it has been hideous - because of COLOR PURPLE.
Competely agree with R24 and R36.
Leo sucks big time! I hate that Titanic boy and his fat English cow co-star.
Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp are better actors and their movies are worth watching.