Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Departed

The BF and I finally watched The Departed the other night. Good movie - kept me on my seat. Lots of twists and turns. Some things were predictable, but all in all I loved it a little.

I did not, however, think that Mark Wahlberg deserved an Oscar nomination. He's played that part a million times already. What was the role again - a smart-mouth from South Boston who knows it all and is homophobic? So now they give out awards for playing yourself? C'mon!!!

I do think Leonardo DiCaprio was amazing. I mean I have no idea what it is to be a crazy dictator who slowly drowns in dementia, but I do know what it is to be so very afraid of something that you don't know what your next move should be. I could relate to that; I think many people can. And DiCaprio played the part well - I could feel his terror.

Was this movie Martin Scorsese's best work? Not in my opinion. I think that honour goes to Goodfellas. But The Departed was a good movie and it finally brought Scorsese the recognition he'd so longingly deserved.

The Extras Section on the DVD sucked though.
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4 comments:

  1. I have to disagree with you. I found this just another testosterone fueled hollywood ride. And Jack Nicholson, swatting Leo's broken hand with a boot? That's supposed to be menacing? Some old man mob boss wielding a...boot?

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  2. Happy belated! Sorry I didnt call.
    M

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  3. I agree that this isn't Marty's best (yes, I am on a nickname basis with him), but that's not what the Oscar is for. It's for the best direction of this year, not for each nominee's career.

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  4. If you thought The Departed had lots of twists and turns that kept you on your seat, you should have seen the movie it was based on -- Infernal Affairs (which was in Chinese). So not only are you trying tp keep straight who's who and and what's happening, you also have to read subtitles! ;)

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