Leonardo DiCaprio Month #2: Titanic, The Departed

Titanic

Starred by lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio, 1997 epic historical romantic movie Titanic cinematizes a fictional love story in the background of the maiden voyage of the ship RMS Titanic and its ultimate sinking. The story evolves around a discontent upper class maiden about her fiancĂ©, who was from upper class as well, and her eventual romantic involvement to a not so well-to-do artist. In the climax filled movie the story leads to unusual portrayal of bravery and sacrifice as well as deception and cunning. Director-producer James Cameron has filmed almost the entire movie on a nearly perfect replica of original RMS Titanic. He brought in Kate Winslet, who is the lead actress, and Billy Zane, who was the rival of Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie presents numerous supporting actors and actresses including Kathy Bates as a benefactor to DiCaprio and Bernard Hill as the ship’s captain; Frances Fisher acts as the maiden’s rather forceful mother.

Nominated for fourteen Academy Awards and winning eleven of them, the film received both Best Picture and Best Director awards. Its budget and commercial success also speak the volume. At one point it was the most expensive and also the highest-grossing film ever, only to see it surpassed by Cameron’s another subsequent movie. The movie Titanic has something for everyone – from history enthusiasts to animation geeks. Though the theme of the movie evolves around a nascent romantic relationship, it does depict the social structure and incessant struggle between different social classes of early 20th century America and Europe. While Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson, a struggling artist, tries to be rational about his newly found love and acts benevolently his opponent Cal, portrayed by actor Billy Zane, is equally ruthless and self-servient.

The setting and animation of the movie truly brings us to the era it represents. The script is romantic the soundtrack is inspiring. The twist of the story is interesting and often there are stints of humor. The movie would reminiscent memory to the elderly audience and provoke dream to the young.

The Departed

American crime drama The Departed revolves around the complicated relationship between and among Boston Irish mobs and the law enforcement. Both mob and the police plant their moles in each other. And the story weaves through unbelievable twists and sensation leads and an extra-ordinary ending. Leonardo DiCaprio acts as the police academy – so called – “drop out” to investigate the mob. He is equally matched by Matt Damon, who portrays Colin Sullivan. Director Martin Scorsese based the film on 2002 Hong Kong film Internal Affairs, but surpassed in almost all aspects in this 2006 representation. Flanked by powerful cast of Jack Nicholson, who is the mob boss, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin as police officers both Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon reveal their best in this exciting movie.

The movie does bring some reminiscent of old days mob story, even it somehow associates the real life mobster Whitey Bulger and loathed FBI agent John Connolly, who took the wrong path in his career. But the main attraction of the movie is in its intricate plot, which keeps the audience guessing all the time. Even to the very end, one is not too sure what would be the outcome. A real entertainment epic, The Departed excelled in its purpose – to provide pure fun and excitement to the audience.

The superb skill of the cast make one believe and immerse in the plot. The movie thrills the viewer in its every unannounced surprise. The soundtrack is woven so intricately to the story than it feels obvious. Equally lauded by critics and the public it’s a must-see movie.

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