Recently saw American Gangster, here is my quick review:
I must admit I am not big on Denzel, or as big as everyone else in the world seems to be. I really liked him in Glory and Philadelphia, and I didn’t find any other performances of his too special. However, I am a huge fan of Crowe. I really liked his performances in Master & Commander, The Insider, 3:10 to Yuma, Cinderella Man, and LA Confidential. In my opinion, he has can best be described as tremendous screen presence. Anyways, they were both brought solid performances to this movie. The supporting cast was very good with James Brolin, Ted Levine, RZA, and others (others includes a small role for Cuba Gooding Jr who somehow picked the script of a good movie for the first time in nearly a decade).
The movie takes place in the 70’s. It also fealt very much like a 70’s movie with its muted tones and realistic tendencies. I enjoyed it, and don’t really have much else to say about it. The ending seemed a bit convenient. Still overall it was quality.