The star turns 46 today and we remember five cult films that you can find in streaming.
He turns 46 today Leonardo Dicaprio, arguably the most beloved movie star of our time. Even before the stratospheric success of Titanic, who has remained the actor best known by the international public, DiCaprio had built a career full of important films and above all excellent interpretations since the early 90s. After the colossal watershed directed by James Cameron some complex years have arrived, made up of not exactly excellent choices and tests rather below expectations. Then the meeting with Martin Scorsese, who first directed it in 2002 in Gangs of New York. Since that time DiCaprio has made a change in his career, collaborating with some of the greatest filmmakers of Hollywood cinema such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan O Ridley Scott, just to mention the most high-sounding. At the moment the actor has received six Oscar nominations, winning a few years ago thanks to The Revenant of Alejandro González Iñárritu. The five film in streaming that we have chosen to summarize the best of DiCaprio’s career are in our opinion not only his best known titles but also at least one hidden and almost completely forgotten gem, but which deserves absolute reconsideration. Enjoy the reading.
Five cult-movies in streaming interpreted by Leonardo DiCaprio
- Ready to die
- Romeo + Juliet
- The Departed
- Once upon a time … in Hollywood
Ready to Die (1995)
Once the ostentatiously derivative staging has been overcome – Sam Raimi he shot virtually every single scene as a tribute to the cinema of Sergio Leone – Ready to die reveals his surprising soul of Greek tragedy, in which DiCaprio plays an illegitimate son who struggles to be recognized by his father / tyrant. On balance, the subplot linked to his character and to the one played by a portentous Gene Hackman remains the best thing about the film, an overly underrated cult movie that also sees protagonists Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe e Lance Henriksen. Movies of strong feelings and even more powerful images. The best of Sam Raimi, and it’s not really cheap. Available on Chili, Google Play, Apple Itunes.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Leonardo DiCaprio’s first real success with audiences and critics comes thanks to Baz Luhrmann, which sews him an extravagant and post-romantic film, perfect for his still instinctive and passionate acting style. Romeo + Juliet it immediately becomes a generational cult-movie, and with full merit. The reinterpretation in a contemporary and ostentatiously full-bodied key works wonders. There are many thrilling sequences, in particular that of Mercutio’s death, played by a very inspired Harold Perrineau. On balance, perhaps it is still Luhrmann’s best film, with which Leo returned to collaborate years later thanks to the success of The Great Gatsby. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play, Apple Itunes.
It was impossible not to include the most famous colossal of our times in the five, with all due respect to all the disposable toys that over the years have surpassed its box office records. The fact is that James Cameron as always he endows his ultra-spectacular films with a soul, and in the case of Titanic it is a romantic and irresistible heart, which tells of awareness and class struggle. With Kate Winslet DiCaprio forms the most loved couple in the history of cinema, the protagonist of a tragic and sweet love story inserted in an unparalleled cinematic show. And yes, Jack could get on that makeshift raft with Rose, but it wouldn’t be the same poignant movie. More than twenty years have passed, get over it! Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play, TIMVision, Amazon Prime Video.
The Departed (2006)
The film that finally delivered the Oscar to Martin Scorsese it also represents one of DiCaprio’s best acting performances, if not the best of all. In fact, the actor manages to convey in all its dramatic power the inner conflict of the undercover policeman, forced to carry out deplorable criminal acts for a higher purpose. The scene of confrontation / confrontation with the therapist Vera Farmiga it is explosive, like many others contained in The Departed. A thriller shot and edited with a sharp attention to detail, psychology, environments. Within the mainstream production of the great director, probably his best work. That year DiCaprio was nominated for Blood Diamond, but he absolutely deserved it for this movie. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video.
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood (2019)
After Django Unchained DiCaprio returns to collaborate with Quentin Tarantino in a totally opposite project, fluid and warm like the ballads of the past. The story of the manly friendship between the actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth develops with the tones of the rite of passage, in this case that of a Los Angeles that sees Hollywood (and not only) transform before its very eyes. DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are perfect in their respective roles and Tarantino puts his fervent imagination at the service of a moving, nostalgic ending, capable of making you fall totally in love with Once upon a time … in Hollywood. Great cinema, original and heartfelt. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play, TIMVision, Amazon Prime Video, NOW TV.
There are plenty of other great Leonardo DiCaprio acting performances that should be mentioned, and that we haven’t selected as they are celebrated elsewhere. Movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Revolutionary Road, J. Edgar, Inception and others testify to DiCaprio’s strength as an interpreter and the foresight of his career choices. In short, like him, very few other stars have been able to build such a precious and artistically valuable filmography. The actor’s next projects are welcome, we look forward to them starting with the next Scorsese Killers of the Flower Moon.