The Departed (2006) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

The Departed (2006) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

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

 


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Infernal Affairs (2002) – A Quick Capsule Review

Infernal Affairs (2002) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Infernal Affairs deserves its reputation as a modern Asian cinema classic, a film best known in the Western world for being remade by Scorsese and finally winning him the Academy award.  Infernal Affairs is a much more paired done and tighter telling of the story and whilst its lacks the star power of The Departed, the film is a tight, tense and well crafted cop thriller that stands along side some of Asian cinema’s best.  Yet oddly (and probably criminally in many people’s minds) I prefer the remake.  It’s baggier, less disciplined for sure but the combination of cast, director and expectation just win out for me.

Best Bit: Roof Top

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Departed, The Shield (TV), Infernal Affairs 2

 


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