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.


  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?

  2. Happy belated! Sorry I didnt call.

  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.

  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! ;)