Movie Reviews: 'Black Mass'

Black Mass (2015) By: Jacob Fisher

The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Johnny Depp - James 'Whitey' Bulger
Joel Edgerton - John Connolly
Benedict Cumberbatch - Billy Bulger
Dakota Johnson - Lindsey Cyr
Kevin Bacon - Charles McGuire
Peter Sarsgaard - Brian Halloran
Adam Scott - FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick
Corey Stoll - Fred Wyshak

Johnny Depp performance is out of this world. The more I think about his performance is this movie the more I’m reminded of Steve Carell in ‘Foxcatcher’. I mean my god if you went into the movie without knowing who Johnny Depp was then watch another movie of his you will just be downright shock because he turned into James ‘Whitey’ Bulger both in his look and the way he acted. Watching him on screen was exciting but at the same time I was scared as hell watching him turn into this monster in front of me. The first half of the film did a pretty good job of setting up his human side but after the death of his kid he literally just went off the rail and turned into a monster that had an unlimited amount of resources at his side. Okay now to stop back from Johnny Depp for a few minutes. The cast for this movie is just beautiful with a good amount of heavy hitters. I really haven’t seen very many of Joel Edgerton films so I don’t have much to base this on but his performance in the movie is really really solid. Dakota Johnson wasn’t really given much time but to be honest I kind of forgot she was in the film. She wasn’t bad or anything her role was just very forgettable if that makes sense. Kevin Bacon was solid as well but he’s given less screentime than Dakota Johnson. Adam Scott was MAYBE in two or three scenes and he was just standing there. And Corey Stoll was in the last 30 minutes in the movie but it was nice to see him because he’s a fanastic actor. The actor who came close to stealing the show for me was Peter Sarsgaard who was just pure crazy in this movie.  The story didn’t try to stay away from any of the sick shit that James ‘Whitey’ Bulger did and I loved that because everything you saw on screen actually happen in real life and for me that was just crazy to think about. 

I have one very very minor con and that’s Benedict Cumberbatch who’s a great actor but just felt very miscast in this film. Watching him try to pull off the ascent almost made me laugh and this movie isn’t supposed to be a comedy. But he’s only in a few scenes so it didn’t bring down the quality of the movie down very much at all. 

The movie featured a great lead performance from Johnny Depp who’s back from the dead. The other performances were really solid but really wasn’t given a lot of time for them to truly shine. The story is sick but also tell the story of what happens when lines get mixed. Johnny Depp has a really good chance of getting nominated for his performance in this and it’s really well deserved. 

4 ½ stars out of five