So, Mickelle and I went and saw The Departed tonight. It was awesome. Just awesome. It has left me convinced of several things:
1. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the best actors around. I usually forget it's him and start thinking of him as the character he's playing.
2. Matt Damon did an equally amazing job, in no way subservient to DiCaprio.
3. Jack Nicholson was his usual self. I admit, dejectedly, that I liked him in this movie. He usually bugs me, and given his sort-of involvement in the Roman Polanski sortid thing, I have always viewed him suspiciously. Nevertheless, he is a talented actor.
The movie is gripping. It tells a story. It has perfect characterization. You care about the characters. They are compelling. You can't figure out who's bad and who's good. The plot is not predictable at all. At one point in the movie, something so unexpected happened that I just yelled out "Oh, Shit!" Mickelle slugged me in the arm and people laughed at me, but it was an honest reaction--something I'm still trying to figure out. It just blew me away.
This is one of the best movies I've seen in ages.
(It's not for the faint of heart)