so i saw the departed tonight.
not sure what to say...i left the theater confused. i'm still a little confused, sitting here 1 hour after the movie ended. this isn't typical scorsese.
thinking about it, this is possibly the best scorsese yet. it's also possibly not. but the performances that he gets from his actors are outstanding. i honestly felt that every one of the main actors in the movie give the best performance of each of their careers.
dicaprio is ridiculous in his performance as an undercover officer in the mob that's the best of its kind since johnny depp in donnie brasco. jack nicholson is the most hateful and hate-able mob boss i think i've ever seen. there is nothing sympathetic in nicolson's performance of the very psychotic frank costello. i've always believed in damon's potential, and he definitely doesn't dissapoint here. but i guess the most surprising performance for me was mark wahlberg. in past roles i almost always found his performance or on-screen personna as incredibly difficult to respect. but here i find that his performance finally lives up to the standard of acting set by his older brother's career (see band of brothers, the sixth sense, etc.).
scorsese proves again that he is the master of suspense. there are a lot of directors that can't hold suspense past 80, maybe 90 minutes. then it's almost like they run out of ideas. i didn't find, for 1 second of the 150 minutes of the departed, that scorsese was stretching things out artificially. scorsese's suspense lasts and develops very naturally until there is no more choice but for it to explode. and when it explodes, there is no chance of not getting hit by shrapnel. i found the scenes after the climax of the movie to be shocking. it was tense. almost too tense. i have to see the movie at least one more time to figure out whether i can buy it when it hits dvd. it's so much tension that once it broke i wasn't sure if i wanted to go through it again.
after seeing this movie, i arrived at the thought that everyone who sees will be faced with a decision, you're either pro or con. it took me a while to figure out whether i was pro or con. i think i've decided pro.