Depp-fried por­trayal is ter­ri­fy­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - MOVIES -

Heard about the Bos­ton stran­gler? For two ab­sorb­ing hours Johnny Depp holds un­wa­ver­ing at­ten­tion as a de­testable Bos­ton gang­ster .

Blood­thirsty 70s hood­lum Whitey Bul­ger was one of those crooks who ter­ri­fied ev­ery­one with his look. Woe be­tide if you be­trayed him.

‘‘In praise of Depp’s en­act­ment, his fa­cial ex­pres­sions may have him on track for a long-awaited Os­car.’’

Based on the book Black Mass, The True Story of an Un­holy Al­liance Be­tween the FBI and The Irish Mob, this movie is one of the must-sees of the year.

In praise of Depp’s en­act­ment, his fa­cial ex­pres­sions may have him on track for a long-awaited Os­car. Per­haps the scary look was due in part to his screen makeup which made him look semiem­balmed.

Sim­i­lar to the John Dillinger role he played in the 2009 film Pub­lic Enemies, Depp played vi­cious and homi­ci­dal through­out. And de­vi­ous. He turned in­for­mant for the FBI so the lo­cal Ital­ian-Amer­i­can mafia fam­ily in South Bos­ton could be taken out by the Feds.

No one felt lucky when no­to­ri­ous gang­ster Whitey Bul­ger, played in Black Mass by Johnny Depp, reached for his roscoe.

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