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Black Mass - 3.5 Stars

This film offers Johnny Depp’s strongest performance ever.


I’ve never been much of a fan of Johnny Depp’s work, he always seems to play the same role – for the first time ever he plays a different, sinister, real-life mobster. He really shows that he has hidden talent. He is frightening, menacing and sinister in a whole new (non Tim Burtonesq) way.


Australian actor Joel Edgerton is strong in his role, but Benedict Cumberbatch’s American accent brings his performance down a notch. Most surprisingly 50 Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson shows that she has real talent – she gives a deep, meaningful and emotionally provoking performance. I really hope she is able to break the 50 Shades stigma after the franchise finishes – she has real talent.


The real-life story that the film is based off is horrific and the film manages to accurately portray the gory life of this scary mobster. The script is strong and the direction and cinematography are both strong. This could certainly earn a few Oscar nominations down the line.


Overall this film is a scary, thrilling look at this real-life gangster’s life. It has strong performances from Johnny Depp and Dakota Johnson; it also features a strong script and interesting music.


3.5 Stars

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas

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