Thursday, September 17, 2015

Review: Black Mass

Johnny Depp Shows Us Why He's Johnny Depp. 

3 stars

Mini Review:

A Biopic that is held together with a fabulous cast and the amazing talent that is Johnny Depp. The Censors make a hash of the dialog, but they have not been able to mutilate the awesomeness that is Black Mass.

Main Review:

John 'Whitey' Bulger is a small-time Irish neighborhood crook when his pal in the FBI makes him a deal which makes him into a monster. And you will watch this bio-pic mesmerised. You don't see an OTT Jack Sparrow. You see a fine actor, controlled in his performance, at once menacing, at once gentle. And even though there is a fine cast assembled to share screenspace with him - Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Peter Saarsgard, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Rory Cochrane to name a few - Johnny Depp puts them all in the shade.

It is a bio-pic and so predictable, it begins to feel lumbering and heavy in the middle, but the story keeps you glued. And so does the hero.

These are just three moods of Whitey Bulger... And when you see the scene where he threatens the wife of the FBI agent, if you are as shook as when you first saw the horse's head on the bed in The Godfather.

The resemblance to the original crook and Johnny Depp is so amazing, you will be further amazed. 

Yes, the movie is liberally peppered with 'fuck you' and 'fuck this' and 'fuck that' and the asinine censors do the same with the movie. But then what can be expected of a bunch of political appointees...


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