“A fun ride”
Scott Cooper’s cream of the crop! Depp truly delivered in this film showing how Whitey Bulger (most infamous violent criminal in boston) unleashes his power and becomes a monster to be feared by all!
I really enjoyed this movie but it isn’t perfect. The cinematography is stunning! The soundtrack is great! The way the city of Boston was portrayed really showed how bleak and dangerous the city was at that time. In terms of the negative aspects, I think that the film is too slow at times and some characters were under utilized (Cumberbatch’s character and Joel Edgerton’s).
Now in terms of the acting, everyone I think did phenomenal! Johnny Depp’s portrayel as James “Whitey” Bulger is frightening and disturbing! Depp give’s one of his best performance’s of his career and really shows his versatility as an actor in this role. Amongst the supporting cast, everyone gave a fantastic performance but the highlight for me was Joel Edgerton. Joel Edgerton as John Connolly was astounding! He may have stole the show over Depp.
In conclusion, ‘Black Mass’ is a good crime drama! It has its flaws but none the less I think you will have a great time. It’s a fun ride but with some bumps along the way.
Rating – ★★★½
“Good, not great”
The story of the Kray twins is very interesting. Two identical twin gangsters Reggie/Ronnie Kray owning the east end london during the 50s/60s. There is so much you can tell about the twins, the stories are endless! Too bad, the film didn’t really focus more in depth about the Kray twins. The narrative could have been a little bit better, it felt too clunky.
The strength(s) of the film. without a doubt, it’s all about Tom Hardy. Tom Hardy’s performance as the Kray twins is fantastic. You completely forget that these two characters (Reggie/Ronnie Kray) are played by the same person. Hardy does a great job making both characters very different and exciting to watch. The soundtrack I thought was phenomenal.
In terms of the weaknesses of the film, I think the primary weakness is the pacing. It won’t keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole runtime and at times ‘Legend’ might seem a bit boring. The film drags a little in plaecs. Another weakness is Emily Browning’s character (Frances). I thought the character of Frances wasn’t really developed as it should be.
In conclusion, Legend is a good movie that I think everyone should see! It has it’s faults but Tom Hardy’s incredible performance is worth the ticket. The film could have been better but by all means what we got was not terrible. It’s a fun enjoyable ride with some rough bumps along the way.
Rating – ★★★