Johnny Depp is a real life chameleon. He has played the widest array of characters.
I am sure that, like many of us, he was told as a child that if he put his mind to it he could be anything. Well, he took the advice quite literally and, in the course of his career, has been a pirate, a vampire, an unorthodox hairdresser, a native american, a drug dealer, a detective, a soldier, an actual chameleon and many others. This time it is even harder to recognize him, this time he is “Whitey” Bulger.
In Black Mass, James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) is a small-time gangster. He is ambitious but stays grounded thanks to his beautiful family. His brother Bill (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a powerful senator. Both live in Boston and spend time with each other and with their mother. James doesn’t talk to Bill about the senate and Bill doesn’t mention his bother’s life of crime and everything is smooth sailing. Unfortunately, following some terrible events, James’ mindset changes. He wants to rise and the only way to do it is to take out the mafia. He has a knack for business and decides to take advantage of the FBI. He creates an alliance with them, more specifically with FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), fooling everyone only to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in America’s history.
Black Mass has an all star cast, a true story and incredible make-up (maybe too incredible because it leads to some intense staring at the screen – or is it just me?) is a winning combination for sure and undoubtedly leads to a good movie.
Depp’s performance is once again brilliant. However, he is carrying the movie. The story is nice but lacks complexity and intensity. Without Depp’s acting prowess, Black Mass would be nothing more than another typical gangster movie not worthy of much discussion.
Contrary to his lame excuse at an apology in the latest video trending on the Internet (adding to pirate, gangster and all his other titles, Depp can now call himself a real-life dog smuggler), Johnny is actually worth watching here.
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