“Gangster” dynamic

American Gangster is looking at a huge opening weekend and is running 90% positive on Rotten Tomatoes and 79% positive on Metacritic. And yet many of the critics giving it a thumbs-up are saying “yes but…” Plus the rumble around town is that Academy members are feeling the same way. Support is positive but a bit soft. Enjoyment and admiration, but hats aren’t being thown into the air.

If I were running Gangster‘s Oscar campaign, I’d be worried about those lack of hats. The word “but” is so often a decisive factor in life. I love my wife but oh, you kid! Watch out for those “buts.” Those “buts” can sneak up in the middle of the night and kill you.

19 thoughts on ““Gangster” dynamic

  1. vansmith on said:

    they’re probably much more concerned with the box office right now, oscar nods will keep it out longer but it cost 150m at least, thats alot to net..what was the overseas take for departed? probably be less for this one..

  2. As much as I want Scott and Crowe to have a big blockbuster again, I just don’t see this movie doing The Departed style box office. I hope I am wrong though.

  3. Music to my ears. The thought of Marty presenting this year’s Best Director trophy to a hack like Ridley Scott is enough to make my stomach curdle.

  4. Actionman: I don’t know how Departed skewed, racially speaking, but I see AG getting the Departed crowd plus the “urban” demo — guys who’ve watched Scarface over and over on DVD. (Not for nothing is there a Jay-Z CD “inspired” by the film.) It’s gonna be huge, no doubt about it.

  5. American Gangster is the best film of the year. Scott has knocked it out of the park. I’m not a fan of The Departed – and this film kicks The Departed’s ass. I’d be more than happy to see Ridley accept his long over due Oscar.

  6. “As much as I want Scott and Crowe to have a big blockbuster again, I just don’t see this movie doing The Departed style box office. I hope I am wrong though.”

    You’re wrong because the Black community, the Latino community and everybody who loves a good gangster movie will turn out. Interesting you didn’t mention Denzel lin the “Scott and Crowe” line.

  7. “…Interesting you didn’t mention Denzel lin the “Scott and Crowe” line.”

    I didn’t mention Denzel because he’s had one hit after another. Ridley is coming off a massive flop and Crowe hasn’t exactly been “blockbuster BO” of late.

    “Actionman: I don’t know how Departed skewed, racially speaking, but I see AG getting the Departed crowd plus the “urban” demo — guys who’ve watched Scarface over and over on DVD. (Not for nothing is there a Jay-Z CD “inspired” by the film.) It’s gonna be huge, no doubt about it.”

    True…give the urban demo something to enjoy and more ofthen than not they’ll turn out. Again, I’d be more than psyched to see it become a blockbuster.

    “Music to my ears. The thought of Marty presenting this year’s Best Director trophy to a hack like Ridley Scott is enough to make my stomach curdle.”

    It’s funny…as much as this would anger you, I’d be jumping for joy to see my two favorite directors on stage at the same time, with Ridley finally getting the big enchilada that he deserves. It’s a fucking emabarrassment that he lost the directing oscar for Black Hawk Down. He directed the shit out of that masterpiece.

  8. The previous year’s best director doesn’t present the next one, does he/she? Were Ridley to win, I doubt Marty would be presenting.

  9. A good portion of the “urban” demo has already seen American Gangster thanks to people peddling bootleg copies of the leaked screener on the streets.

  10. Sure, he’s doing some stinkers. But the director of two of the best science fiction films ever made, “Blade Runner” 7 “Alien”, along with “The Duelists”, “Black Hawk Down” and “Thelma & Louis” is no hack.

  11. Sorry “done some stinkers”. Haven’t seen American Gangster, but looking forward to it. The smells IMHO emit from Legend, GI Jane and Hannibal.

  12. Saw AG on Monday night. Thought it was good not great. Part of the flick reminded me of Heat, but not as good. Scarface, but not as good. Serpico, but not at good. Etc, etc…

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