Frank Costello: I smell a rat.
If you enjoy senseless violence, then ‘The Departed’ will be right up your (darkened) alley. The film provides a unique twist on the tired “good cop/bad cop” routine. In this case, the “good cop” is undercover as a bad guy while the “bad cop” is undercover as one of the good guys. GENIUS. Drama ensues. Shots are fired. Blood is shed. You know, my usual weekday night these days.
I’m trying not to hold the fact that IT IS YET ANOTHER GANGSTER MOVIE against this film. Frankly, its main redeeming feature is the endearing way Bostonites say the word “Depahted”. Makes we wanna go watch Good Will Hunting again and reminisce about the good old days when Matt Damon’s characters had more than two dimensions. Unfortunately this brief glimmer of hope is immediately destroyed when the same Bostonites refer to a croissant as a “French Donut”.
These gangster films are really starting to take their toll. I’m pretty sure my neighbours think there is a violent domestic going on in our flat at least twice a week. The walls are pretty thin so I wouldn’t be surprised if the police turn up at our doorstep due to reports of “constant gunfire and screaming”. I’d like to say they’d find no evidence of it, but I’m sure pretty soon I’ll so sick of the gangster films that I’ll do something drastic. Screaming and bloodshed do not seem out of the question.
In my most recent review (No. 28 The Usual Suspects), I mentioned that it isn’t a Hollywood classic without a Baldwin, and on this front ‘The Depahted’ doesn’t disappoint. Alec has got to be my favourite Baldwin, and likeminded fans of the TV series ’30 Rock’ will know why.
In fact, ‘The Depahted’ is really a line-up of “usual suspects” of Hollywood awesomeness. I shudder to imagine the budget when I see the list of stars:
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Matt Damon
- Jack Nicholson
- Mark Wahlberg
- Martin Sheen, and of course
- Alec Baldwin
Look, it was an OK film. The actors are given space to do what they do best. DiCaprio’s got the tortured soul thing going on while Matt Damon oozes his usual charm. Martin Sheen is sleek, and Baldwin and Wahlberg get to stretch their funny bones. Jack Nicholson, as ever, somehow manages to score a hot chick despite a clear lack of any attractive qualities whatsoever. It’s comfortable. It’s easy. It’s safe.
To justify a top 100 position, however, I feel like you really need to offer more than what is safe. You either have to create something new, or do something better than it’s ever been done before. While I enjoyed the movie, I’m not convinced it did either of those things. In my opinion, it’s nowhere near top 100 material. Put it on your ‘DVDs to Watch’ list, by all means, but don’t expect it to leave a lasting imprint on you, or even offer just one memorable quote to crack out at parties.
It is what it is and, in my opinion at least, that makes it 6 pumpkins.
Have you seen ‘The Departed’? Do you agree with my review? Let me know in the comments below.