My dad bought a back scratcher made of bamboo a couple of days back and was raving about it. He had fashioned a scratcher out of an old hair brush but it wasn’t getting the job done. So he went out and got this one from a nearby store. I thought I should try it out myself. This morning I had a little itch on my back that just out of reach and I took the back scratcher and used it and it felt so good! Plus it looks so cute, with the tiny hand on a stick. Like a little helper. ‘Let me give you a hand’, it seems to say.
Well, when the power went out at 8 pm this night, I went into my parent’s room looking for a candle. I had just found one and light the match when I got a shock as I looked at my parent’s dresser – the little hand looks creepy in the dark with just the light from a match highlighting it! Like something from a horror movie. And now, our little hand….not so cute anymore!!
Brilliant! Brilliant! This is a truly excellent movie with standing ovation worthy performances from its cast. The Departed is a multiple Oscar Award winning movie directed by Martin Scorcese. The cast, heavy on the talent, is well selected, lead by Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen and Mark Wahlberg. Based in Boston, the movie is about the cops trying to pin down Irish-American mobster Frank Costello (Nicholson), who plants his protege Colin Sullivan (Damon) as an informant in the state police. Unknown about this, the cops place Bill Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), an undercover cop, to infiltrate Costello’s mob. When both sides find out about the ‘moles’, each man tries to ‘out’ the other before its too late. In the end Sullivan manages to get the upper hand, killing both Costello and escaping from Costigan unharmed, while the cop himself gets killed. However, Costigan had sent a letter with all the information about the case and Sullivan is killed in the end by a cop, Sergeant Dignam (Walhberg).
Veteran actor Martin Sheen plays Capt. Oliver Charles Queenan who, along with Dingnam, placed Costigan undercover and is hell bent on nailing Costello. He gets killed when the mobsters follow him going to meet Costigan on a tip by Sullivan and gets thrown from a building roof. Dignam is angry over Sullivan taking up the investigation to find out the informant among the cops and gets suspended. Alec Baldwin plays Capt. George Ellerby, who is Sullivan’s boss.
The whole cast shines but Jack Nicholson is superb as an evil mobster in the beginning of the movie, set a few years in the past, and perfect as an aging Don like icon throughout the rest of the film. Damon & DiCaprio are both at their peak of their form and even Wahlberg shows that he can act (he was nominated for an Oscar : Best Supporting Actor) and yeah I normally can’t stand him. Baldwin seems to fit the character role to a T and Sheen is, well, Sheen. Incapable of playing a bad role. Ray Winstone as Mr. French; Costello’s right-hand man & Kevin Corrigan as Billy’s cousin Sean, a small time thief have small but memorable roles. Rounding out the superb acting talent is Dr. Madolyn Madden (Farmiga), who falls for both Costigan and Sullivan. She ends up tipping Dignam about Sullivan’s role in case.
A wonderful film, a classic story of Irish-American epic tragedy, that is surely meant to last for ages as a favourite. I myself had a feeling of ‘wow’ throughout the film and will look to buy it when I next go to check out dvds. 9.5 out of 10 stars for this film!