|So this photo has very little to do with corned beef or the movie, but it reminded me of my beloved childhood dog Rojo, so I had to share it!|
Turns out one of the main ingredients you need to make homemade miso soup, dashi, can only be found in Asian or specialty food stores around here and I didn't make it out in time before the storm hit. Miso soup and spring rolls will be pushed back until this weekend.
Anyway, back to the movie. The first thing that must be said is that it has an amazing cast. Beforehand I knew that Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon were in it, but I was blown away by the supporting cast as well: Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, and Vera Farmiga (from Up in the Air)! All of the players were wonderful and it was great to see so many "familiar" faces pop up throughout the film. And of course, it was directed by a very famous director, Martin Scorsese, which always helps when trying to get big players like Baldwin, Sheen, Wahlberg and Nicholson together for a film.
I am by no means a Scorsese film expert but it was obvious to me after watching the film why he finally won the Oscar for Best Director for this film versus all the other times he was nominated (7 times total thus far). The film was better composed and carried out than Gangs of New York or The Aviator. I felt that Scorsese delivered on his promise much better in The Departed than he did in his other films (Goodfellas notwithstanding).
|Image taken from here|
Both Gangs of New York and The Departed seemed to be odes not only to organized crime (Tamnaney Hall and Boss Tweed in Gangs of New York and the Irish mob in The Departed) but to the cities themselves. The character of the cities and the varied backgrounds and cultures of their inhabitants really shone through on screen.
Have you seen The Departed or any other Scorsese movies? What do you think?!