black-mass

I’m not entirely sure how to review Black Mass. It has an edifying story, performed by a fine cast. It is well-constructed, but there is not much particularly remarkable about it. Objectively, it is more good than bad, but there is not much specifically impressive I can find to pinpoint. Johnny Depp is perfectly decent as Whitey Bulger, but it is a rather straightforward performance. (Joel Edgerton, as the FBI agent who grew up with Whitey, manages some nuance). Honestly, the most thrilling part is the epilogue. The trials that happened in the wake of the events of the film promise a whole host of drama. If you love mob movies, or movies with a big prestigious cast, or movies in which Johnny Depp is committed but not entirely off the rails, then see Black Mass. But don’t expect it to take the top spot of any of those categories.

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