When people mention Johnny Depp, what films of his come to mind? Probably Pirates of the Caribbean right? Maybe Sweeney Todd or Edward Scissorhands.
Let's think back to a time before Johnny Depp became a huge sensation from his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, in the mid 90's. Ever heard of the film Dead Man? Never even heard of it? I can't blame you. Arguably one of Johnny Depp's best movies ever is also arguably one of his least known.
Dead Man is what is a Western directed by Jim Jarmusch and takes place in what I'm assuming is the 1800's. First of all, Neil Young does all the music for this film. The music alone is reason enough to see this movie. The music complements the film perfectly in every way. Neil Young is a genius, and the music is incredible. Neils' guitar is beautiful, it's haunting and it's totally unforgettable. In the film, a train takes Johnny's character, named William Blake, to the town of Machine. This is where his journey to hell starts. There is so much symbolism about spiritualism, nature, life, our conscience, the treatment of Native Americans and so much more that you could talk for hours discussing the meaning of everything in this film.
Are you a real Johnny Depp fan, or are you a Pirates of the Caribbean fan? Pick up this movie and prepare to be amazed at what you have been missing. This movie truly makes you think, the music is absolutely incredible, and I truly believe this is the best acting Johnny Depp has ever done.