Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The film that (rightly or wrongly) finally won Scorsese his best Director Oscar, The Departed is a top notch crime drama that delivers a more star driven, flashier version of Infernal Affairs. Is it better? That’s for you to decide I guess but for me it is – the more mainstream tappings and a stellar set of central performances combined with Scorsese trademark violence, music and visual tickets help the film fly through its occasionally baggy run time. Yup he should have won for Goodfellas but The Departed was certainly one of Scorsese’s best movies of that period.
Best Bit: Scorsese + Stones = Perfection
Worth A Rewatch: Yes
If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, Infernal Affairs, Copland