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Did 'Public Enemies' deliver enough Depp and Bale drama?

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As this long weekend winds down, hopefully many of you have had a chance to see Michael Mann’s Public Enemies. Whether you liked it or not — and reviews have been decidedly mixed — everyone seems to have an opinion on the extremely limited interaction between stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Like Heat and American Gangster before it, once again we’ve got a film that promises two of today’s hottest actors, yet barely delivers five minutes of shared screen time.

Personally, it didn’t bother me in this case, because I was totally engrossed with Depp’s portrayal of John Dillinger. But if I had showed up looking to see Bale and Depp going head-to-head, I would have been severely disappointed. How about you, PopWatchers? Were you looking for more? Or were Mann’s stylized filmmaking and the pair’s strong — if separate — performances satisfying enough? We’d love to hear your thoughts. 

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