RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 122 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION SCOTT COOPER SCREENPLAY JEZ BUTTERWORTH, MARK MALLOUK STARRING JOHNNY DEPP, JOEL EDGERTON, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, RORY COCHRANE, KEVIN BACON, JESSE PLEMONS, PETER SARSGAARD, DAKOTA JOHNSON, COREY STOLL, DAVID HARBOUR MUSIC JUNKIE XL
Black Mass is a mob movie telling the true story about Whitey Bulger, who became infamous as a kingpin/informant for the FBI in Boston.
It’s an interesting story and Johnny Depp is superb as Whitey Bulger. He looks creepy as fuck and carries the movie. Unfortunately, there is not enough of him on screen. Or let’s phrase it the other way. The other characters that is being focused on are not as interesting and each time the story turns away from Whitey, the movie becomes pretty generic.
Nothing about the other performances is interesting compared to Johnny Depps character and I found myself being kinda bored in these sections. Not even Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Billy Bulger, the state senator and also brother of Whitey Bulger, stands out. Btw. I didn’t buy them as silblings at all.
So, in the end it’s an ok movie with some really creepy sections (especially a diner scene) and an interesting story, that is told in a generic way. I feel like there was way more potential here, if the screenplay took more chances.
But I would still recommend it just for Johnny Depp’s performance alone. It’s his best role in years and I am really happy for him that he got out of his caricature roles ones for a while where he plays corky character over and over again. I wanna see him back in serious roles and that’s what i got here. I think there may be even a chance for an oscar nomination, just sayin’.