Grade: GREAT (4 out of 5)
Ridley Scott is an interesting director, he has made a wide range of movies from all sorts of genres. While not all of his movies hit the moon, Scott always aims high. With American Gangster, Scott aims to create a modern American epic, and he mostly succeeds.
Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe are in top form as they convincingly portray their characters. Their performances do not go to waste as director Ridley Scott creates a fully formed world for the characters to inhabit. However, the main draw of the film for me is the writing, and how it develops two multi-dimensional characters independent from each other but destined to clash.
While American Gangster might not reach the heights of other American crime saga (e.g., Heat), the film is nevertheless expertly made and immensely enjoyable.