The film that got Martin Scorsese his much deserved Oscar - and is, in my books, his greatest work. This film should be
labelled branded as the crime genre classic - a category that already has several Scorsese works.
Surprisingly, it isn’t the huge star cast - Leonardo Dicaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin - that made this the best film of 2006. The greatest element of The Departed is the on-screen execution of what is inherently a story about cops and snitches.
No other actor can pull off a everyone-hates-me-and-I-still-don’t-give-a-shit villain like Jack Nicholson does. But the actor who shines the brightest in this film is Matt Damon - pulling off an excellent and hard-to-hate portrayal of an undercover gangster (a cop who works for the mob/mafia).
Of course, Leo Dicaprio is flawless as always making it hard to believe he is one of the youngest actors in the cast. After watching his performance it’s obvious why Martin Scorcese loves to work with him.
In closing, that scene in the elevator at the end should be made synonymous with and officially represent the word “twist” or “shocker” (if you've seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about - video below). Call the dictionary people. We need to have a video/show/movie associated with every word. If this idea ever kicks off, this post is proof I came up with it first.
Author’s Note I: I still believe Dicaprio deserved to win best actor for The Aviator. No offense to Jamie Foxx. But hopefully Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, or Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained will bring the oscar to the Dicaprio house.
Author’s Note II: A-list actor villainy (Matt Damon in The Departed) will soon be crowning its new king: Leonardo Dicaprio as Calvin Candie in Django Unchained. Christmas, 2012. Best Supporting Actor Oscar predicted right here, on this very blog, on the second day of september, in the year two thousand and eleven.
Greatness Elements: cast, direction, screenplay.
Favorite Scene: ***MAJOR SPOILER ALERT*** YOUTUBE LINK