Review : Black Mass

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“The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.”

Black Mass is really Scott Cooper’s best attempt at a Scorsese movie, and honestly, he comes really close. Black Mass is a deep, intense, swelling narrative of a true story that has both great visuals and wonderful acting. Johnny Depp is really terrifying as Whitey Bulger. The make up and anything else he has to wear truly just melts away to him embodying this man, and how it must have been to be around him. There is one scene in particular where he is talking to a characters wife, and chills ran down my spine. Some other stand outs in this movie are Joel Edgerton who plays his character to perfection, including the subtle changes of the character over time. It also has to be said Benedict Cumberbatch’s Boston accent, is REALLY well done, like REALLYY well done. I could have done with some more of Dakota Johnson’s character, I found her to be really compelling and interesting, and would have loved to see her character grow and change as much as some of the others. All in all though this movie is a real acting showcase helped a lot by some very well done visuals, definitely worth seeing.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

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