The last years we mostly saw Johnny Depp in cheap roles of big Hollywood productions such as Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Now with his new movie “Black Mass” that might change. The trailer looks promising and I allow myself asking: Could Johnny Depp become cool again?
About fifteen years ago I was a huge Johnny Depp fan because I considered him as an actor who isn’t a sell-out but sees acting as an art and tries to be a part of experimental and independent movies. A few of my all-time favourites remain “Donny Brasco”, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Ed Wood”. But the last years Depp apparently decided that making a lot of money is more important than making good movies. As the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies got worse with each sequel Depp tried to save himself with roles in Tim Burton productions. But even those lost quality during the years in which Depp took a big part in.
In the nineties we still can see Depp in evocative and charming roles in films like “Edward Scissorhands” or “Sleepy Hollow” where he convinced with his natural homour. But that changed in Tim Burton movies like “Alice in Wonderland” or other comedies such as “Lone Ranger”. He descended from being a talented chameleon to a slapstick-self-parody.
But maybe all this could change again with his new movie, the gangster-biopic “Black Mass”.
The story is a about the mafia boss Whitey Bulger who became the most prominent gangster of Boston’s underworld with the help of the FBI, which is based on a true story. He also tries to educate his six year old son and he seems to be as “successful” with that as he was with it in the genre related movie “Blow”, where he played a cocaine dealer. The first trailer shows Johnny Depp beautifully ugly what could mean that Depp could rise up to his Gonzo grace again. Probably Hunter S. Thompson didn’t shave his head this time and the make-up looks more fake, but what the hell. Every cloud has a silver lining.
“Black Mass” was directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”) and other actors who play a part are Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson and Peter Sarsgaard. It will air in most parts of Europe on the 17th of September. Who can’t wait until then can watch other epic gangster movies like “Goodfellas”, “The Godfather” or “Departed” in the meantime.