Black Mass is the true story of White 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 another crime-drama set in Boston that will inevitably be compared to that of The Departed, although definitely less violent and Johnny Depp transforming into his role to finally see him back in fine form once more. He’s genuinely threatening and his altered appearance definitely helps with instilling fear in those around him.
Depp’s performance and the look of the film are two of the best things about it. Black Mass has the look of a show of its era and it definitely works in it’s favour, but however, it stops there.
Cumberbatch’s performance was decent in the scene’s he was in but his accent was slightly off and it wasn’t perfect exactly perfect. It didn’t suit him at all. But this doesn’t mean that the Boston accent doesn’t seem natural on those who aren’t from that area, or who aren’t American. Australian Joel Edgerton nailed his accents and it didn’t drop once.
Again, this might be another film that’s trying to cover so much in a short period of time and because if this, it lacks focus. Sure the film has main character but it hardly goes into the relationships Bulger has with his friends and family. His wife, played by Dakota Johnson who held one of the weaker performances in the film, disappears half way through and we never hear of what happened to her ever again – even in the closing montage where we learn of the fate of the characters.
All in all, it’s something worth watching but maybe with a grain of salt.