It’s fair to say that Johnny Depp’s film roles over the past few years haven’t been entirely accurate representations of the talent that has made him a star. His portrayal of a Native American in Lone Ranger sparked controversy, Transcendence was described as bland and anticlimactic, and Mortdecai has deservedly been dubbed the worst film of 2015 already.
Depp takes a dark turn in Black Mass, in a role that will hopefully redeem the damage caused by the above. The film tells the true story of Whitey Bulger, one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history. With piercing blue eyes, slicked-back platinum hair and a voice full of grit, Depp embodies the power and mercilessness that Bulger employed in order to assert his unquestionable authority as a leading figure of the Boston underworld.
Black Mass promises to be a revealing depiction of the life of a criminal mastermind. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton and Sienna Miller, among many other notable actors. The typical clichés of crime dramas are there – loyalty, deceit, betrayal, murder – yet Depp’s quintessence of Whitey Bulger adds the sparkle that has created an extremely heightened anticipation for the release of this film.
Black Mass will be out from September 25th in the UK.
Writer and Editor for the Film & TV section of Impact, Bharat is a keen previewer, reviewer and sometimes just viewer, of all things cinematic and televisual, with a particular passion for biographical pictures, adaptations and sitcoms.