No spoilers, so read on. Leonardo Dicaprio is so strong in this movie, so interesting to watch. I used to really dislike him, especially circa Titanic. Did not enjoy Gangs of New York or Aviator. His work here is electric. I know he works with Larry Moss – and I felt his acting to be deep.
I almost did not want to watch the film, because Scorsese’s work has been so disappointing for such a long time. Here, I think he has made his finest film since Goodfellas. The pacing is strong. Michael Ballaus does an amazing job as DP. Schoonmaker’s edit is top-notch. The tension remains high throughout. It is a nail-biter! And the ending really delivers, too.
The dual protagonists reminded me of another action film I like: John Woo’s Face Off.
Was it deserving of a Best Picture Oscar? I still prefer Letters from Iwo Jima and Little Miss Sunshine! But that is neither here nor there – should movies ever be compared like this? It is basically weighing subjective experiences that are filtered through memory.
Jack plays Jack, which is kind of boring (About Schmidt was the last time he blew me away). The female lead, who is sleeping with DiCaprio and Damon, is a little weak. There was a real potential here for this character who finds herself caught between these two men, and I find the actress a little lukewarm. Damon and Wahlberg are okay. Martin Sheen is fantastic though.
The one request I have though is this: Mr. Scorsese, please stop using the Rolling Stones in your movies. You think it’s cool, but it really isn’t. How do a half dozen Stones tracks from the early 1970’s belong in a story set in 2006? Truly, what does it bring?
All in all, I really enjoyed this movie. I have yet to see the original film, Infernal Affairs, but I look forward to catching that soon – my library has it!