I knew going into this film what to expect. The big twist already known. But, I thought it would be interesting to watch the film knowing the twist. See if anything is revealed prior. And, it was almost comical. Scorsese went overboard with the shifting eyes, the not so subtle comments, and the over acting of Leonardo DiCaprio. Although, the last part isn't really Scorses's fault per say. DiCaprio has over acted his entire career.
It was nice to watch the film knowing what would happen. I could watch the film as a "film" and less as a "story." But, that is the wrong way to watch a Scorsese film. The camera shots are horrid... choppy, jumpy, and down right sloppy. The music is over the top, distracting, and often times silly. This is an admired director at work?
The film still saves itself in plot come the end. Even knowing the twist didn't distract from the reveal. There is something lovely about a film that just pulls the rug out from under you. But, I wonder, how many times can someone (the few who might love this movie) watch this movie? The first time for shock, the second time to see what you missed... the third time because, um, uh?