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This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I’m due for a big proper review so here it goes.
What strikes me most about Scorsese’s The Departed is that to me it doesn’t feel like his stereotypical formula/genre/vibe. To me it is in vain with his other films like Cape Fear, Silence and Last Temptation of Christ. This is by no means a bad thing, in fact I love it all the more for that. Apart from the soundtrack and its gang/mobster theme it, TO ME, feels different.
A really enjoyable dissection of what it was like to be a footsoldier in World War I. A great collection of interviews from soldiers involved. I love the way Peter Jackson structured this documentary with black and white small aspect ratio footage at the start, then full-size colourised footage in the middle and then back to black and white footage at the end.
Like what one of the interviewed soldiers said, you really get to see a British humour to WWI amongst all the death and misery of the Front.
I can safely say I’m in the lower scoring group of reviewers after watching this last night.
I tend to agree with everyone saying that the film is presenting everything and nothing at the same time, and that may be the point of the movie, the existentialism and finding banal meaning in life but it really felt like a drag. I always try to go into movies with an open mind but not long into this I was not enjoying…
Al Pacino feeding a cockatoo is the most wholesome thing I’ve seen in a long time.
Real talk though, I was really surprised with just how good Serpico is.
I want to see Al Pacino in more roles like this, it’s a different feel from any of his other work that I’ve seen. Vulnerable, witty and charismatic when he needs to be as well as explosive, cocky and violent when it calls for it.
A really enjoyable watch that I wasn’t expecting to like as much as it did.