Monday, April 16, 2007

A "Depart" From My Usual Movie Liking

MENTAL STATUS: "Distressed". Hubby's birthday is tomorrow and I still need to get a gift. Worse trouble is that the weather from this nor'easter is making it extremely difficult to want to go out. Wah!

Well, despite the warnings of this nor'easter, we spent a nice family weekend together. Went out to dinner, spent some time outside (yes, it was actually nice before all this rain and wind started), and on Saturday night the hubby and I rented a movie.

What did we rent? We watched "The Departed".

I'm apparently living in a box, because I had never heard of the movie before, and it wasn't until AFTER we watched it and I looked it up online that I realized this was the movie that won Best Picture and the reason Martin Scorsese finally won an Oscar, too.

Duh. I do kind of remember that now.

(I guess I need to watch the Today show again, instead of FOX Cable news. I'm totally out of the entertainment loop. )

Anyhew, back to the movie...

This movie wasn't my idea. The hubby talked me into renting this. It had all the makings of a movie right up his alley: 1) it's a mob movie and 2) it's set in Boston. How much better could it get for him? Well, there also was an all-star cast. Jeez, so many big names in this movie. I had no idea. So I gave in. I must make him watch about 50 romances/ romantic comedies a year, so I have to throw a bone to him every once in awhile and watch what he wants. I'm glad I did.

I REALLY enjoyed this movie. The acting was incredible. I thought the directing was a little funky every so often, but I guess that's Scorsese's style. Whatever. It didn't affect me liking this movie, so we'll ignore.

Nothing was as I expected, and the whole time of this cat-and-mouse chase I was absolutely dying because I couldn't wait to see how it was all going to wrap up. (Yes, I'm one of those people who'll peek at the end of a good suspense thriller novel) Unfortunately, this movie didn't have a wrap up. It barely had an end. And the end didn't have a nice red HEA bow on it--which is what I'm used to. I guess they were going for realistic. Mission accomplished.

Warning for delicate women like myself: (I AM delicate! No snickering!)
1) this movie is bloody
2) this movie is violent (hey, it's mob movie)
3) this movie--particularly Mark Wahlberg--uses language (see #2)

Otherwise, I highly recommend. :) In fact, I'd watch it again. I bet there was some cool things I missed.


Chelle Sandell said...

LOL. Delicate?! JK, we girls can dream.

I bought it for hubby and thought I'd watch it before I shipped it to him. It was pretty bloody but I liked it too. Weird ending and all!

I had time to open and edit all of the crits you've done for me. Thank you!!!! I had to giggle though when you actually added the word 'that' on one sentence. I'm used to seeing lots of pretty colors telling me to remove the 20 I have on one page.

Elle Fredrix said...

Thanks for the heads up on this movie. I haven't seen it becuase I generally try to avoid seeing anything where I have to deal with an overload of 1 - 3. However, if there's a really good story behind it, I just may give it a try.

Cynthia Brayden-Thomas said...

It's good to know there's a movie out there (that doesn't involve yet another jaded sports metaphor) that I can enjoy with my husband. Thanks, Jennifer!