American Gangster is worth seeing

The movie is good, not great. It’s extremely well done and acted. However, given that it’s directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down), I expected to be completely wowed – by maybe I am holding him to impossible standards. I should not complain too much: I was thoroughly entertained.

Despite opening with a bang – the movie has to establish Denzel Washington as a bad guy – the beginning is slow and long. I would have cut most of Russell Crowe’s back story with his wife – the character is so clear cut that the nuances don’t seem to add much. However, somehow the movie grows on you and you start caring about the characters. By the end, the pace has dramatically quickened and you can’t wait to see what happens next! I definitely recommend seeing the movie.

As a brief non sequitur: it’s one of the few movies where the two nemesis share almost no screen time together. In fact for most of the movie, they don’t know of the existence of the other. While the concept of two enemies never jousting in person would seem counter intuitive, it was extremely well done and effective!

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  • I also liked the movie but it had too many essential flaws. For once, Scott messed up the ending. Secondly (as you hinted), character development is way too flat. Especially Scott’s character represents pure justice and “goodness”. Also the entire movie lacks action and (more importantly) thrill.

    The good parts (in my opionion at least ;))were the excellent actors and high production values. American Gangster really looks like an “old” movie.

  • HAVE YOU SEEN GODFATHER ? THIS MOVIE WAS HOLLYWOOD I MEAN IF YOU LIKE MOVIES AS I THINK YOU DO YOU CAN RECOGNIZE THAT ALL THE MOVIE LONG A POOR DENZEL IS TRY TO BUILT ON A BLOCKBUSTER …2 ENEMIES AND WE DON4T SEE THEM TOO MUCH TOGETHER, HAVE YOU SEEN HEAT, AND YOU HAVE REAL ACTORS THERE; NO I DON’T AGREE THIS WAS POOR AND I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND IT…SORRY