4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 1999
This book is great for the more serious Leo admirers. O.k. there's not very much about Leo himself, but more about his films and that's what interests me. In this book you'll find comments from Leo on his films and working on it, but also from his co-stars and directors. In my opinion it would be even more valuable if there was more about Leo and his decisions to do a film and more about him working on the film. But still worth the money.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 1999
I really like the book because I learned so much about my favorite star, Leonardo Di Caprio. I also love the photos. Some of the pictures in the book are the ones I haven't seen before. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I didn't realize I finished it for just two hours. I have repeated reading it for about seven times. I learned some things that I did not know about Leonardo Di Caprio and his movies. I even read some news about him that I haven't heard before. I love this book!!!!It's great!!!Buy it if you are a fan of Leonardo Di Caprio.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 1999
WHAT I TRUELY THINK ABOUT THIS BOOK IS, ITS NEAT AND IT TELLS YOU ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF LIFE STYLE HE HAS HAD I TRUELY THINK THAT LEO IS A VERY INTELLAGENT AND ASTONISHING PERSON TO WORK WITH. THE REASON WHY I LIKE LRO IS BECAUSE HE SEES LIFE IN A DIFFERENT WAY ,FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE NOT THE WAY THAT OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT SEE IT.THATS WHAT I THINK OF HIM AS.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 1998
I liked this book but i read some better books. This book is not really about Leonardo DiCaprio, it's more about the movies in which he played. But it's a pretty good book for the fans of Leonardo Dicaprio, like me. There are a lot of beautiful pictures in it and i'm very happy that i have the book home.
on October 17, 2014
This slickly-produced, but still informative Hollywood production, is not my normal fare. I prefer more serious biographies, even of movie stars. However, since I had been keeping my eyes on the progress of DiCaprio's career -- at least since the long three hours and twenty-eight minutes boring blockbuster called "Titanic," which not just coincidentally is where this book ends. This book gave me another opportunity to look into his life and review some of his earlier work. I was not disappointed. This little booklet has high biographical value.
Based on the suggestions in this book, I went back through my DVD and VHS archives and watched three of DiCaprio's earlier movies: "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "The Basketball Diaries," and Sharon Stone's Western vehicle, "The Quick and the Dead." What I discovered rather surprised me: that DiCaprio's growth and development with each new project was not just smooth and linear, but was spectacular. And here I am referring primarily to two of his post-Titanic movies with poorly written scripts but for which he just worked around the bad scripts and (equally poor casting in the case of the first of these), and did some of his most outstanding work: "Aviator" and "Hoover."
Why was I surprised? Because, since he was societally-assigned the role of being the "designated white Alpha male romantic hero of the month," like the new Rhett Butler, Burt reynolds, or Paul Newman, I naturally and subconsciously subtracted quality points from his overall actor score.
Why did I do this? Not just because I am a racist (like everyone else in America, since it is impossible not to be one in this culture), but also because the white actors caught in this trap themselves discount their own scores. Most of the quality actors, like DiCaprio, Brando, Delp, etc, avoid the label of being designated "the white Alpha Male Romantic hero" like the plague it is. I accept this discounting process as the new ground zero for rating all white male actors.
In fact, like DiCaprio himself, I too was happy he did not get nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Titanic, although his work there was nothing to snuff one's nose at: It was descent journeyman work, for sure. Was it as good as his work in the two poorly written vehicles to follow? Not by a long shot.
After reading this book and reviewing a few of his earlier films, I can say without fear of contradiction, that Leonardo DiCaprio, is not just a "white girl's wet dream," but a bona fide super star, whose progress as an actor, like is the case with Johnny Delp, the late Seymour Hoffman, and Gary Oldman, far outstrips whatever he is being paid.
Serious students of the cinema will soon realize, if they have not already, that Leonardo DiCaprio is the "real deal," has broken the old mold established by Brando, and is establishing a new one all of his own, one that seems to have no upper bound. I wish him well in continuing to maintain his integrity despite having to "play to" a racist American crowd. Five stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 1998
This is the best Leonardo book I've read! It's full of pictures and information. Most of the pictures I hadn't seen before. I'd recomend this book to any Leonardo fan! *+*Erin*+*
on June 9, 1998
I will not dispute the fact that this book includes many color pictures of Leonardo DiCaprio. However, fine photos do not a fine piece of literature make. Other than the pictures, it has no literary value. It is full of purple prose, as evident in such phrases as "explosively eventful," "brilliantly jarring," and "scrappy exuberance." One realizes that this book was churned out simply to make money, but there is a limit to the number of adverb\adjective combinations that we should be forced to read. I should hasten to add that the only reason I have perused parts of this book is because it was given to a friend as a gag gift.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 1998
THIS BOOK WAS VERY INTERESTING ,BUT THERE ARE TO MANY PICTURES IN IT.IF THERE WAS MORE TEXT ABOUT HIM I THINK THAT IT WOULD OF BEEN A LITTLE MORE INTERESTING TO ALL OF HIS FANS,LIKE ME.