The Departed? Don't Bother
I watched the "The Departed" on a flight from Europe to the US recently, and can only say that, unlike other recent "Best Picture" award recipients, "The Departed" offers absolutely nothing of redeeming value in exchange for your two hours. I'm thinking of "The Lord of the Rings", "A Beautiful Mind" and "Crash" as three of the more recent winners having priceless truths to tell through their stories - truths about racism, compassion, the arresting power of beauty, how powerful the will to life is in some people, faith, courage, and the mixture of glory and tragedy that is humanity.
In contrast to this, "The Departed" offers a glimpse into the greed, foul language, drug use, and sexual obsessions of the mob in Boston. Thanks. I needed that?
"The Queen" reminded us of the psyche of a generation raised on duty rather than feelings, and offered a glimpse into Tony Blair's wisdom in bridging those generational gaps.
And though I've not seen them all, it seems that the rest of the candidates also had redeeming things to say. But "The Departed"? It leaves me with nothing. And maybe that's the point. But I'm usually hoping for a little more than 'nothing' or 'disgust' when watching a movie. Can someone help me understand the appeal?