Johnny Depp takes charge and brings Whitey vividly to life on the big screen. There are rats, sharks and plenty of other sneaky rodents to boot.
This is one gangster movie you don't want to miss.
What I Liked: Every once in a while, an actor comes along capable of taking your breath away no matter which role they play. They can be a pirate, a candy-maker, a vampire, a famous writer, etc. And no matter who's face they are wearing, you forget every other role they've had, and believe wholeheartedly this actor IS this person they are portraying.
Johnny Depp stole with show just as much as the real Whitey stole whatever he could in South Boston. His eyes will penetrate your soul and terrify you with every look he gives. Depp was due for a slam dunk role, and he scored exuberantly.
The film is littered with other phenomenal actors too such as,
Joel Edgerton (The Gift, The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Sherlock, 12 Years A Slave) Kevin Bacon (The Following, Mystic River, X-Men First Class), Peter Sarsgaard (The Slap, The Killing, Garden State), and so many more.
The movie was a little slower, but intense all the same. The acting was by far the very best part.
What I Didn't: I'm not exactly sure if this is just me, but I feel like the trailer was slightly misleading for Black Mass. I was prepared for more action, more suspense, just more. I did enjoy going and it was worth paying to see, however, I felt it was missing something.
At times, the murders became predictable, and I knew who was going to die before the trigger was pulled. Also, I would have liked to have seen more women throughout the movie, not just one agent's whiny wife.
Lastly, I felt intertwining real footage from the era, would have further validated the story and created an even more realistic feel.
Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed Black Mass.
See it now!