Inception, Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic and now the Revenant are great, iconic films worth seeing, but there are so many more movies that have disappeared from recent memory. Leonardo DeCaprio has been one of my favourite actors for a long time now, he is incredibly talented, a man who truly gives his all to each and every role he takes.
So I would also like to remind you of his other movies, the ones that have become forgotten over time, the 5 Underrated Leonardo DeCaprio movies you must see!
Leo plays Richard, an American backpacking through Asia, who is getting bored fast. While in Bangkok, he comes across a mad Scotsman who calls himself Daffy Duck (Robert Carlyle). Daffy gives Richard a crudely drawn map with directions to an island, that he claims is paradise on earth. Intrigued by this, Richard meets a French couple and convinces them to join him on his little adventure. Eventually they find this island, but it doesn’t take them long to discover that their not the only ones in paradise. Currently at 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie has a lower score than the Smurfs, which is ridiculous. Leo does a good job as always, the story is solid and the acting is fine, so I’m just not sure why this film is so underrated?
Leo plays J. Edgar Hoover, as head of the FBI for nearly 50 years, he has become one of America’s most powerful men. The film explores the public and private life of one of the most controversial and mysterious men of the 20th century. Hoover uses both heroic and ruthless methods to keep his country safe. But behind closed doors, he had secrets that would have destroyed his career, image and life.
For a period biopic, J Edgar is an excellent movie, it does have a slow start, but considering it does a great job of covering the man’s entire life while keeping things interesting, I would recommend this movie to people who don’t mind slow paced films. If you want action, then I would give this a miss.
This fast moving biopic documents the life of one the most mysterious Americans of the 20th century. Leo plays Aviation tycoon Howard Hughes is a successful public figure, a director of big budget Hollywood films and an aviation pioneer who builds his own major airline. But when in private, Hughes is a different man, tormented and suffering from depression as well as extreme phobias. The higher he rises, the farther has to fall.
Leo gives a terrific performance in the role of the eccentric billionaire. Despite its greatness it didn’t received the recognition it deserves although it was well received by both by critics & audiences.
DiCaprio plays Frank Wheeler a salesman of the 1950’s who hates his job and wants more in life, Kate Winslet plays his suburban housewife who also doesn’t buy into the whole “traditional” family ideal. Once an idealistic independent couple, their relationship steadily deteriorates. With time their worst fears come true, they become a typical suburban family. But all is not lost and April’s independent spirit hasn’t been killed off just yet, she comes up with a plan to work in Paris, but unfortunately Frank’s desire to hold on to what they already have is the only thing in her way.
In my honest opinion this is DiCaprio’s best performance, he somehow manages to get the viewer to be sympathetic towards such a detestable character such as Frank Wheeler. If you’re a big fan of Leo, then Revolutionary Road is a must see film.
This action spy film is set in the Middle East where Leo plays CIA agent Roger Ferris. Agent Ferris comes up with a high risk plan to capture the elusive terrorist Al-Saleem. With the help of Russell Crowe’s character Ed Hoffman who is a master of subterfuge, Ferris creates a fictitious terrorist organization to prompt Al-Saleem out of hiding. At the same time, Agent Ferris must keep his plan secret from the head of Jordanian intelligence Hani played by Mark Strong, because if Hani finds out he will have Ferris killed.
Body of lies is a great movie and is totally underrated, sure it’s not DiCaprio’s greatest work when it come to acting, but this movie is easily as good, if not better than Zero Dark Thirty.
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