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Gangs has the amazing Daniel Day-Lewis, but it's hampered by lame performances from DiCaprio and Diaz. In The Departed DiCaprio actually gives a great performance along with the rest of the cast, and the film is more tension-filled than almost anything else out there.
^^ Couldn't agree more. For me, somewhere between 2002 and 2006 is when DiCaprio hit his stride and really became a first class actor and a great leading man. It hadn't happened yet in Gangs, and I think he and Diaz are pretty bad. The brilliance of Day-Lewis aside, The Departed also had the smarter, tighter story. The film is intricately plotted and is really one of Scorsese's best works.
I don't remember DiCaprio being bad in Gangs. I do remember Day-Lewis being fantastic, but I also remember not caring for the overall movie, and Diaz was out of place. However, I love every inch of The Departed. Great movie.
And, it's the only Scorsese film I've seen that I can say that about.
Yeah, maybe DiCaprio wasn't bad in Gangs of New York, just out of his league when on the same screen as Daniel Day-Lewis. I'll stand by my original Cameron Diaz criticism, though.
I love Gangs of New York, but The Departed is my favorite Scorsese film.
The Departed is too much for even The Butcher....
Departed -in the closes margin love both but Departed is so slick and engaging.