I went to see Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” Friday evening because I had heard such great reviews about it. I loved the original version (Wai Keung Lau’s 2002 Hong Kong film “Infernal Affairs” aka “Mou Gaan Dou”) and that usually makes me reluctant to see a Hollywood remake but hey! It’s Marty Scorsese! And the cast… Jack Nicholson, Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin and Vera Farmiga (who is easily the stand-out from the crowd, not a bad feat considering who she was playing against)… are pretty hard to ignore.

The film… is okay. In many ways it is very similar to the original, a few subtle changes to the plot devices, but pretty much faithful – until, that is, the end. And it was THE ENDING of the original that made the film so great! Unfortunately, either Scorsese or the studio (Warners) decided to go for the happy ass American ending, the hot melted fake butter on your popcorn ending, the John Wayne Isn’t Dead He’s Hiding In Argentina And Getting Ready For His Big Comeback ending.

What a way to blow a movie which could have otherwise been acceptable. Why bother copying a great HK flick, being so faithful to it for two-and-a-half hours and then screwing with the ending? Stoopid, Marty, stoopid.
At least Speilberg didn’t make the film in which case aliens would have appeared at the 120 minute mark and revealed to Frank Costello that he was really from the 4th dimension and had the power to heal enstranged father-son relationships.

What the hell happened to Scorsese? His last great film was Bringing Out The Dead in 1999.  Since then he’s misfired with The Aviator and Gangs Of New York. I’m blaming on the DiCaprio factor.  Unforunately, Leo is also attached to Marty’s next film The Rise Of Theodore Roosevelt. Let’s face it – Marty need Bobby. Bring back Bobby. Leo just has this Titanic juju that he brings to each film. He’s like the Smelly Car. It doesn’t matter what you do, you’ll never get rid of that Titanic stench from a DiCaprio film.