Monday, October 09, 2006

Two Films

"The Departed" vs. "Infernal Affairs"

It's only natural for me to compare Martin Scorsese's new film "The Departed" to the Hong Kong-film it was based on, "Infernal Affairs."

"The Departed" is not Scorsese's best film (though narrowing to one choice is impossible), but the movie is Scorsese's best lately. And considering the strong effort of "Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator," that means "The Departed" needs to be seen.

Scorsese's movie in comparison to "Infernal Affairs" is the stronger of the two. "The Departed" has a strong supporting cast that regularly steals scenes. "Infernal Affairs" does not. "The Departed" leaves sappiness out. "Infernal Affairs" does not. "The Departed" has humour. Well, you get the point...

But while "Infernal Affairs" is a bit inferior to "The Departed," the Hong Kong movie is still worth watching if nothing to see the different choices made between a foreign film and an American one.


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