By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Universal Pictures.
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Not that we had any doubts about American Gangster, but it is still nice to hear your expectations come to fruition. Somebody has recently seen the film and claims that it ranks up there with the greatest of gangster/cop movies.
Screening Report: American Gangster
The good people at AICN have received the first screening report for American Gangster and, though the reviewer notes that the film is long, congratulates the film for its pacing and realistic story.
A few days ago I got to sit down to watch all three hours of AMERICAN GANGSTER with Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe, which will no doubt be soon ranked right up there with the great gangster/cop movies. I see it as more serious and realistic then THE DEPARTED was, a terrific movie, too, but with sometimes hard to believe dialogue. GANGSTER plays it close to the vest and takes its time to develop its story, particularly in setting it up. Its around three hours long, but you get hooked in after the first twenty minutes and the pacing is very well done so that you don't get bored. Main actors Washington and Crowe are so good in their portrayals that even the slow scenes work remarkably well. It reminded me in that respect of ZODIAC. Also like Fincher's movie, GANGSTER is based in the 70s and early 80s (In one scene, Russel Crowe's character "discovers" the microwave), and the look and feel of the era is very well portrayed.
Like what you hear? Then check out the entire report for American Gangster at AICN.
American Gangster opens to theaters on November 2nd.