Classic Movie Reviews are once a week posts in which I review a movie from the past. It might have to do with a movie coming out that week or just a personal favorite of mine. These reviews may contain spoilers.
I haven’t gotten the chance to get out and see Black Mass yet so I decided to do a full review of my favorite mob movie of all time instead.
The Departed is a story of a cat and mouse game between 2 men, one an undercover cop in the Irish mob (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the other a mole in the police department working for the mob (Matt Damon). It shows the rise and fall of both men and the takedown of the Irish mob, led by Jack Nicholson.
When talking about this brilliant movie, you have to start with the performances. While Mark Wahlberg (hilariously portraying Martin Sheen’s second in command) was the only one to actually be nominated for an Oscar, any of the actors in this ensemble cast could have been and any of them could have won it. DiCaprio, Damon, Wahlberg, Nicholson, and Sheen all do a fantastic job and it makes the movie that much better to watch. Martin Scorsese is one of the only directors who could pull that out of so many actors at the same time. His directing ability is very noticeable in this movie and is another reason it is so great. The writing is also great and it does an amazing job telling the story. It could have been very complicated and convoluted with all of the characters and plot points but it never feels that way. You are never confused watching the movie and all of the pieces make sense. The film is very violent but it helps the story and adds a sense of realism. The whole movie has this building intensity felt in every scene up to and through the climax. There aren’t many action scenes but the ones in here are great to watch and add to that intensity.
There are only a couple small things that aren’t great about the movie. It is very long, which actually mostly works for this movie. However some parts do seem to drag just a little bit. There is also a love triangle that just doesn’t quite work for me and seems a little forced.
But those are 2 minor things in an otherwise amazing movie. It is endlessly rewatchable and quotable. It’s arguably the best movie for several of the cast members. The couple negative aspects do take it down a little but The Departed still gets a 4.75/5.
Do you agree? What are your favorite mob movies? Let me know in the comments.
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