There isn’t a single Matt Damon film that I have watched and not liked him in it. He doesn’t feature in my top 5 actors I love list. He is the actor I have taken for granted - I’m going to see him in the movie and love his performance. And then I won’t go and write essays about him. Every time I rewatch his films, I will realise and appreciate how awesome he is, but I still won’t sing him the praises like I do for my favourites! Jeez after Oppenheimer I realised how unfair I have been to him as a fan. I have always loved him as an actor and his movies. I have watched movies because they starred Matt Damon.
Sorry Matt , I should have been a better fan! I have loved you every time I have watched you in Good Will Hunting, in The Bourne series, in the Ocean’s series, in the Adjustment Bureau, in the Departed, in the Martian , in Saving Private Ryan, in the Rainmaker, in the Good Shepherd, in Contagion, in We Bought a Zoo. I have to still watch your latest movies - Ford Vs Ferrari and Air.
Keep being awesome! You are one of the best actors to grace my generation!
I am so fucking interested in Leo DiCaprio’s trajectory when it comes to playing characters in Scorsese movies, hear me out:
Gangs of NY he’s really just a kid confronted with the possibility of violence, who’s tutored under the most violent man in his territory who also has the potential to become a father figure, but he says no, I need to do things my own way and find my own community – this is essentially a coming of age story.
The Departed, to me, is a more streamlined and polished Gangs of NY, albeit set in modern day Boston – Leo’s character is still a young man who has to go undercover and do some horrible things, and he struggles with the guilt of doing those horrible things, but he’s a little older, a little more cynical, a little more mature – though he still flies off the handle, and is still young enough to be seen as a surrogate son by Costello.
By Shutter Island, he’s a full adult, wife and kids (RIP), still struggling with violence and guilt but that’s as a result of having been in war and dealing with untreated PTSD. This is a much more adult story despite its pulpy exterior. He makes the choice to “die as a good man” as opposed to “live as a monster” – he’s taking agency for his actions. In The Departed he doesn’t get that choice (oof to those last 15 minutes.) Basically: he knows he’s done things that are irredeemable. He’s not a kid or kid-adjacent, he needs to take responsibility for his actions like an adult.
And then there’s a shift to Wolf of Wall Street where Jordan Belfort knows he’s a piece of shit and revels in it. There’s no guilt. Crime is fun! When you’re rich enough you’re untouchable! Haha silly goofy sensory overload! We all get to be immature man-children and nobody’s going to stop us!
Makes me wonder what it’s going to be like in Killers of the Flower Moon because he’s going to be playing a piece of shit yet again – but this won’t be silly goofy funtimes, this is going to be greed and colonization and manipulation.
Leonardo di Caprio on set of ‘The Departed’