Quick Hit: A rarity for Depp, a slow moving movie, but not enough done with supporting cast and few new ideas for a gangster film
white skin (not unlike Edward Scissorhands), Depp delivers a performance that is absolutely worth watching. At times the most charming person on the screen, there are abrupt moments where he turns his mood into the murderous Whitey. The scene with the steak (which I’ll dive into more later) is positively haunting. A man that tests another man’s loyalty by talking about family recipes? The impressive thing here is how immediate the switch is – one minute you are thinking about the man who was playing cards with his mother, the next you are remembering him gunning down someone in
is also John Connelly (played by Joel Edgerton). He is given plenty of scenes to work with, and I think his performance here is solid. You tend to forget about it in scenes that Depp shares with him though. The true crime falls to the rest of the cast, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Rory Cochrane, Adam Scott, and Corey Stoll all pretty much just “stopping in” to make appearances. This would be fine if they were cameos, but they’re not – they are supposed to be characters that we at least know who they are. The glut of characters reduces many of the dialogue
instance, the steak scene that was so good. It seems to be just like Joe Pesci’s “I’m funny” scene from Goodfellas. This is slightly okay with me because I think you should pay homage to great movies, but this seems a little too blatant for me. There is also a lot of dialogue, and that lends things to be slightly boring at times, because the dialogue isn’t always well-handled. This movie is a mix of hots and colds, makes and misses.
Overall, I think that this movie is worth a watch, especially if you like gangster movies or film period pieces. I give Black Mass a “B-“.
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"