Saturday 19 September 2009

51: Twelve Movies - The Departed

CAUTION: Yen's blog contains harsh language and even harsher notions of propriety. Reader discretion is advised.

Originally posted: 22 March 2009

12 Days: 12 Movies
(2006, 151mins (...really), Dir. Martin Scorsese)

Put Simply: Folk getting shot in the head over two and half hours. Great!
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone

It's late, I'm tired, there are plenty of in-depth reviews you can read for this movie, so I'll keep it to thoughts-as-I-go...

• Ray Winstone's American accent is fucking awful.
• Matt Damon and Leo DiCaprio look too similar to play 'opposite' roles. No, really. Especially when they're both creeping around with baseball caps on.
• The film's about half an hour longer than it needs to be. I like long movies, but only when there's enough plot to sustain it.
• Jack Nicholson plays Jack Nicholson.
• The head-shots (oh, and there are many) are fucking ace.

All in all, enjoyable. Scorcese's good at his job (duh!), and this has a really nice 70's feel to it, despite being set in the present. It just seems like they tried to justify the run-time by making things deliberately confusing; and they're not really, it just looks like they're padding it a bit. Sorry, like.

I reckon: 7/10

Tomorrow: Croupier or maybe The Wrestler.

• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.

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