Public Enemies was highly recommended to me by a friend of mine, and I thought it would be refreshing to see Johnny Depp in a role that wasn’t plain weird or hilarious. So I went and watched Public Enemies and was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t know what to really expect from this movie, but I sure know it worked for me.
Johnny plays John Dillinger, a high-profile bank robber who is loved by the public, but who is public enemy number 1 for the cops and the feds. I was pleased by the appearance of David Wenham (a.k.a. Faramir) as one of Dillinger’s associates, although he’s out of the picture real soon. The movie focusses on Dillinger and his lady friend Billie as well as the fed Melvin Purvis who is after Dillinger.
I liked the fact that Pruvis (Christian Bale) started out as a straight as an arrow cop and slowly turns more dark as he fails to apprehend Dillinger. His ambition gets the best of him and he starts to go bad. Dillinger himself seems like a nice chap – if you turn a blind eye to the bank robbing, though he’s portrayed like a Robin Hood of some kind. I found myself rooting for the ‘bad guy’ Dillinger, because well…he really wasn’t that bad of a guy.
I won’t spoil the ending for you, but it was quite unexpected for someone who didn’t know the story of John Dillinger. It was a nice movie and I liked seeing Depp in a more serious role. He pulls it off and he should do those kinds of roles more often. It’s a good period piece as well.