There is a lot going on in Black Mass. It is a story that spans a long period of time. It is a story about Whitey Bulger who was a South Boston gang leader that ended up on the F.B.I’s most wanted list for 20 years until he was caught in 2011. Whitey Bulger is played by Johnny Depp. Looking over Johnny Depp’s list of movies I see he played John Dillinger but overall has not delt with heavy characters that are as brutal and horrifying as Whitey Bulger.
Johnny Depp delivers an amazing performance as the Irish mobster. Staring into the audience’s eyes with the blue eyes of Bulger you feel chills as he terrorizes across the country. Truly wonderful, and very nice to see him doing something far different than his usual characters.
Black Mass the movie, while very good, is a bit scattered. It is hard to get a sense of what is going on, and the criminal activity that is happening besides random killings. The story has to deal with multiple locations, time frames and various illegal businesses and it gets a little lost trying to tell it all. However the performances are so strong and that subject matter is not that important that it is forgivable. The movie still entertains, frightens, and shows the grip he had on so many people. It paints a picture of this person that I never knew about and delivers that story very well.
I enjoyed this movie very much, even with it’s flaws. I think it is worth watching, and paying for. It is violent, and heavy so be aware if you are looking for a little lighter faire. It is worth seeing this weekend though if you are looking to hit the theaters and don’t want to go see The Maze Runner movie.