Depp is menacingly engaging despite a weak script that makes not just his character, but nearly every other element in the film a rough outline, due to its lack of unique character detail that renders it obtuse in its observation, lacking creative specificity. Copper's direction is also bland, failing to rouse or emotionally move, with his sense of timing, tone, and pace feeling murky. A hollow film.
Depp gives a magnetic performance as Whitey Bulger in this biopic; and his performance alone was the difference between this being a good movie and just another middle-of-the-road crime flick, simply because everything else seemed suppressed compared to what he delivered. He carried this film with one of his most admirable performances since 1998.
So dull. Cooper thinks he has made a gangster classic but the film is woefully generic. Gangster pictures are usually filled with horrible people but this film is also a charisma vacuum. Depp is good but the performance is one note and the less said about Cumberbatch's accent the better. I was bored an hour in....
Not nearly as dreadful as one would expect based on all those reviews, but stretched to 122 minutes it can grow surprisingly dull for a movie about a trigger-happy psychopath tearing up South Boston in the Eighties. The good news is, it's anchored by a stellar cast, with Joel Edgerton and Peter Sarsgaard impressing the most. As for Depp, the irony is he plays it more like a vampire here than he did in "Dark Shadows."
Sometimes I forget that Johnny Depp used to be an actor and then this sort of flick comes along. He might've been the biggest revelation here but the whole cast was pretty great. Cumberbatch was kinda underused and his accent was wonky but hey, at least Meth Damon got a fair amount of screentime.