The Departed movie matched with Boston’s best recipes

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon & Jack Nicholson

Rating 8/10

Plot:

– Staff Sergeant Colin Sullivan (Damon) has a new job in the Special Investigations Unit, which is perfect for the mob because he’s corrupt, involved with mafia boss Frank Costello (Nicholson).
– Then you have little Billy Costigan (DiCaprio) whose family was pretty deep in organised crime but has rebelled by becoming a true-blue coppa. To test his loyalty, Captain Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Staff Sergeant Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) ask him to go deep undercover in order to infiltrate the mob.
– Costigan starts causing trouble in his neighbourhood to get Costello to notice and starts working for those bad boys, gaining the head mobster’s confidence.
– Things start getting interesting when the lives of Costigan and Sullivan start to cross over. Both sides know there’s a mole but are having a tricky time tracking down exactly who they are and the plot thickens…

Entree:

As The Departed is set in the lovely city of Boston what better dish to serve up first than delicious Perfect Crab Cakes from Daily Candy? These so yummy! Dip and enjoy.

Review:

This is not a satisfying film. It’s incredibly violent, as all Mafia movies seem to be; it’s definitely not for the faint hearted. So, if you don’t like blood, guts and overtly sexual stuff, stay away from this one. Having said that, there is something about this film that hooks you in and keeps you guessing until the last scene!

All the big stars give solid, convincing performances, especially DiCaprio and Damon. The weakest link is perhaps Wahlberg with his overly dramatic depiction of Dignam.

All in all it’s a good film but not outstanding in comparison to the other films that were nominated for Best Picture in 2006 Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine and The Queen.

Anyhoo, check it out if you feel like a bloody good action flick but, for me, that’s all it was… nothing special!

Main meal:

There are a few things Boston is super-famous for and one of them is creamy Clam Chowder.  Herman Melville even devoted a chunk of his classic book, Moby Dick to the wonders of this seaside dish. If you’re not a fan of the creamy sort, there are heaps of other versions but this is typically Bostonian so give it a go. Here’s the recipe

The Departed Trivia:

  • Budget -$90 million
  • Apparently Mark Wahlberg based his character on the policemen who arrested him in his back in his bad youth days.
  • Initially, Nicholson turned down the role of Costello but was convinced to do it after a meeting with Director Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio. And because he wanted to, once again, play a baddie.
  • Damon researched his character by going on drug raids and learning how to pat down suspects with a Massachusetts State Police unit from Boston.
  • Brad Pitt turned down the role of Sullivan as he was filming Babel, but stayed on as a Producer on this film.
  • The Departed is the only movie based on a foreign film (Hong Kong flick, Internal Affairs ) to win Best Picture.
  • Body count: 22

Dessert:

Can you guess? Probably, yes, because you can see the picture… forehead slap. Dessert tonight/today will be, should be Boston Brownies of course. This is the original recipe published in The Boston Cooking School Cook Book in 1911, so it’s Boston through and through. Here’s the recipe… Dig in!

Boston brownies

Image: Saveur

Have you been to Boston? Are you a fan of beans or are brownies more your thing?

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* No Country for old Men film matched with Texas tucker
* The Artist movie matched with 1920s delights 
The King’s Speech film paired with British food

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