Flash Movie Review: Black Mass

I used to live near this great restaurant that served these incredible french fries. They were hand cut with some of the potato skin left on them. They were always served separately on their own plate which I thought was a great idea, because you would get more fries than if they were placed next to your entree on the same plate. Besides, this way you could douse them anyway you wanted with ketchup. What made this place standout from other restaurants was the personal touches the staff did for the customers. If your bowl of soup cooled off before you finished it, they were always glad to bring a cup of steaming broth to warm it up. Another thing that made this place standout from others was the way they would hand mold their burgers. No matter what you ordered it always looked and felt like a home cooked meal. When the owners wanted to expand they brought in new business partners. On the outside nothing looked different; there was the same creaky front door and the same counter with its maroon colored stools, where the cushioned seats would spin a full 360 degrees around. However, I soon noticed some subtle changes with the food. The french fries were no longer hand cut; the process became automated, where the potatoes were put through a machine to cut them up. The cloth napkins were replaced with disposable paper ones that were barely big enough to wipe your hands clean. All the personal touches and care that went into cooking the food became automated and it was never the same. I lost interest in the place since my last visits were never as satisfying as the ones with the original owners. This is the same way I have felt about Johnny Depp. His recent films were not entertaining to me since it was obvious he was on automatic. Just slap makeup and costumes on him and it was the same thing over and over. All of that changed with this dramatic crime film.    BASED on true events Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland, Finding Neverland) played James “Whitey” Bulger, a mobster who with the help of the FBI became Boston’s biggest crime boss. The acting performance by Johnny was stunning; it reminded me of his acting from years ago. With Joel Edgerton’s (The Gift, Zero Dark Thirty) wonderful performance as FBI agent John Connolly and Peter Sarsgaard (Orphan, Jarhead) as Brian Halloran, the acting was of a high caliber for this story. I only wished the script had offered more details. It felt like things were quickly taking place without any explanation just to keep the film under a certain time. Despite this I found the picture compelling enough to keep me involved through most of it. I just hope Johnny will continue to take on roles that push him to really act in them, instead of going on automatic. There were scenes with violence and blood in them.


3 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 21, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I love your Depp as mass produced fries metaphor. He’s become a pantomime act of late and it’s become tiresome to watch him. I have to really reach back some years to a thoroughly engaging and entertaining Depp performance. I was, therefore, all set to give this film the bum steer but maybe I will add it to my list on the basis of your review.

  2. Funny, MJ, when you said Johnny Depp was phoning it in recently, I though instantly of a movie from a few years ago (he wasn’t in this one) – New Year’s Eve. It had a bunch of high-caliber actors, like Depp, and they all but sleep-walked through the movie. I had such high hopes – directed by Garry Marshall, starring Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, even DeNiro! And the only one that showed up to act was Zac Efron. Guess a pool of talent that isn’t used is really just a puddle you should step around. Glad to hear Depp is back on his game. PS Now I want fries. 🙂

    • I remember that movie and you are so right. When it looks like the actors are just there for the paycheck, it is such a turn off. Johnny’s performance in this film was gripping. Oh, and if I can I will pass on some advice I give to all my classes: eat without guilt. Thanks for the comments.

  3. I want the fries. And I can’t wait to see the film.

  4. I love Johnny Depp, but I know what you mean about his most recent films. (Although I would take offense if you meant any of the Pirate’s movies, as I just LOVE those as eye-candy fun!)

  5. I think you have a great site here. Your review of this new movie with Johnny Depp is sensitively written and it is clear that you have an educated interest in your subject matter.

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