This is still a very watchable movie, but it doesn’t take off. It doesn’t turn poignant (as, for instance, Donnie Brasco did, not to mention The Sopranos), and it doesn’t escalate into anything truly shocking. Bulger has a few early quirks, but success flattens the character, prompting him to withdraw from the audience like he withdraws from his comrades. The whole film is just repeated variations on a few themes: killings, meetings, confrontations.
November 10, 2015