Yesterday’s feature at the PuckPad® was this year’s Academy Award® winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The Departed was fully deserving of all of these awards; in no way did I find it disappointing or overrated. (In fact, I don’t recall it being overrated in the media at all, like some past Best Picture winners.) The performances of Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg were outstanding, the latter worthy of its nomination.
What first struck me about the film was, How, in a non-Ocean’s [insert number] film did they get so many top-notch actors? Answer: Martin Scorsese, a riveting story, and an excellent screenplay.
It was fast-paced and economical, meaning not once is a scene unnecessarily drawn out. It was also well-edited; I especially enjoyed the occasional quick freeze-frames before transitions during the action scenes. The story was compelling and liberally sprinkled with Oh my God, he’s gonna get caught, he’s gonna get found out, oh no… Holy shit, he got out of that one!
You know that excellent part near the end of The Silence of the Lambs where the SWAT team is about to bust into (what we think is) Buffalo Bill’s house, and they knock on the door, and inside we see Jamie Gumm go to the door—but when he opens the door, it’s Clarice, and we realize the FBI has the wrong house, and Clarice is in big trouble, and we all gasp? For some reason, I had that feeling during the most of The Departed.
Mark Wahlberg’s performance in the final scene (which I won’t give away) is, in my opinion, what clinched his nomination.