Written and Directed By Scott Cooper
Call it what you may, but this will be Johnny Depp’s comeback film. While the actor has most notably struggled recently with the media and his personal life woes, his professional life also has been lacking some “deppth” on the silver screen. With the latest failures of Mortdecai and The Lone Ranger and a depressingly publicized breakup, remarriage, and dog controversy (see Google for details), I’ve been wondering what my always-in-the-top-five-actor has been doing with his life. Tsk tsk, Johnny, poor choices….until I saw Black Mass this weekend.
Cooper’s grim adaption of the novel of the same name is a crisp, sharp, and deadly depiction of the notorious Boston crime lord and leader of the Winter Hill Gang, James “Whitey” Bulger. Besides having Depp, the film boasts a star-studded cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Peter Skarsgaard, Dakota Johnson, and Corey Stoll just to name a few. Depp, of course, stars as Bulger, and man, does he shine. A single dart of his pale, clear eyes will send shivers down your spine; you will know when someone is about to die. The sheer number of deaths at the beck-and-call of one man will amaze even the most casehardened criminal law experts out there. Even with the corruption, scandal, and downright insanity packed into every scene, the beauty of Depp’s performance shows the ever-faint glimmer of the human that still lingers in the monster that is Bulger. So 1L’s, put down those outlines, get in your car, and shuck out the $8 or so for a ticket. Consider it the beginning of your criminal law 4-3-2-1. It’s worth every penny.
Intoxicating to Watch?
Where to Watch:
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What to Drink:
Jameson Irish Whiskey or A Cold Pint of Guinness
Take it from me on this on this one…you might want to go into this film with a little buzz. Stop by Kona Grill during their Happy Hour or one of the other fine establishments in Perkins Rowe. From the chilling murders to that one truly, unsettling moment with Agent Connolly’s wife, you’ll need a little liquid courage to stomach some of Bulger’s heinous but true atrocities.