Now we’re really hitting Leo’s prime.
We’re looking at our favorite movies starring Leo in the 2000s.
Morgan – Catch Me if You Can (2002):
The 2000s were an incredible time for Leonardo DiCaprio. He starred in a number of films that have become awesome, must-see movies today. People would be shocked if you told them you had never seen Gangs of New York, The Departed, or Blood Diamond, to name a few. My favorite from the 2000s however, is Catch Me If You Can. It’s the incredible true story of one of the world’s most famous con-men in history, Frank Abagnale Jr. He begins posing as a Pan Am pilot to cash forged checks, until the FBI catches on, forcing him to move from disguise to disguise. It is a fast-paced story without a dull moment that is easy to follow and fun to watch. DiCaprio and Tom Hanks are a great duo, and of course, Amy Adams sucks. Just kidding, she’s actually okay in this movie, but I still hate her.
Jordan – Catch Me if You Can (2002):
This is definitely the first movie I ever saw with Leonardo DiCaprio in it. Which means I probably saw it at age 12 or 13. And I saw it multiple times and all the special features (back when people actually liked buying DVDs). So this movie may just hold a sentimental place in my heart.
But I think it was also just a great movie. Even the opening credits are iconic! Leo definitely proved he could carry a movie. The other names in the billing don’t hurt: Stephen Spielberg, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, John Williams. Sure, he soared in Romeo + Juliet and Titantic in the ’90s, but CMIYC solidifies DiCaprio’s career as the charming anti-hero in a period piece. I’m down to watch this anytime.
(Also, I feel the need to give a shout out to Blood Diamond, which I watched this week in preparation. Pretty solid movie about the Sierra Leone civil war and illegal diamond trade. Very graphic, violent, and sad. And I couldn’t get over Leo’s Afrikaner accent. Not my favorite, but still a good one. Of course, I love anything about Africa.)
Kurtis – The Aviator (2004):
This was a tough choice for me. I had it narrowed down between The Aviator, Catch Me If You Can and Gangs of New York. Ultimately, I decided on The Aviator because it is DiCaprio’s best performance of the three. The way he captured Howard Hughes’ eccentricities and descent into crazyville was absolutely perfect. The Aviator is a long biopic that showcases Hughes’ life from a twenty-something who made millions in the oil business to a perfectionist movie producer who took three years to complete his first film to a complete recluse separated from society. It’s complex and seeks to cover a lot of ground but even coming in at a nearly three hour run time, Martin Scorsese has a way of pacing this film that it doesn’t feel drawn out or slow. DiCaprio gives close to a perfect performance and elevates every scene he’s in. The whole cast gives solid performances, and Cate Blanchett shines as Katharine Hepburn.