Monday, July 14, 2008

Hollywood Affairs

I don't really like fancy any of those Hong Kong movies. Most of them are rather crappy and rubbish. Only selected ones really captured my attention. And Internal Affairs (Part I, II and III) were among those which I really like. However, I have not watched the Hollywood remake of this movie yet, until yesterday. (Yeah yeah, i am a slow one).

After watching The Departed, I felt so cheated. Boring and overrated. I personally feel that this movie really does not deserve to win 4 Academy awards. Storyline is short. How could the so called "Acclaimed Director" Martin Scorsese packed three movies into one ? The story could not be developed properly at all. Story did not flow well, and the 2 main characters ("The Moles") did not manage to bring out the emotional side of them both. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, no doubt they are good actors, but they did not carry their characters well. Andy Lau (or Edison Chen, as the young cop) and Tony Leung (or Shawn Yue, as the younger gangster) beat them hands down flat!

The ever charming and charismatic Andy Lau. Matt Damon doesn't come close AT ALL!!

Tony Leung in his leather jacket) is in a class of his own

The reenactment of the scenes from the original HK movie are just not interesting enough. The one in the cinema where Leonardo tracking down the real mole, the illegal deal between Jack Nicholson and some bad guy, the scenes in the psychiatrist clinic, and especially the scene on the roof top - Comparing both films, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak could easily put Martin Scorsese to shame!

One of the most memorable scene in Internal Affairs I (or Part III)
And one of the most forgetable scene in The Departed

How in the world did this movie won 4 Academy awards?

"Beats me. How would I know?" Even Leonardo himself is unsure

"Copy a (few) movies, chunk in a few heavyweight actors and turn it into a long and lame movie.
And get ourself a few awards along the way, shall we
"I agree, i agree! Huhuhuhuh! "

This act is tantamount to homicide in movie industry, and one who commit this crime should subject to ten years of prison at least!!


eric said...

Andrew Lau, the co-director of Infernal Affairs, who was interviewed by Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, said, "Of course I think the version I made is better, but the Hollywood version is pretty good too. [Scorsese] made the Hollywood version more attuned to American culture." Andy Lau, one of the main actors in Infernal Affairs, when asked how the movie compares to the original, said, "The Departed was too long and it felt as if Hollywood had combined all three Infernal Affairs movies together." Lau pointed out that the remake featured some of the "golden quotes" of the original but did have much more swearing. He ultimately rated The Departed 8/10 and said that the Hollywood remake is worth a view, though "the effect of combining the two female characters in the original into one isn't as good as in the original", according to Lau's spokeswoman Alice Tam.

Big Bad Wolf said...

It S.U.C.K.S!!!