American Gangster (The Film Not the Class)

When in a class called American Gangster, watching a film with the same name is bound to be important. American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott, lived up to expectations of importance in its portrayal of the life of real-life gangster Frank Lucas. This movie covered most of the topics we had discussed throughout the semester. For example, Frank Lucas runs his organization very much as a business, a way which would be considered American because America is a capitalist system. Lucas is a wiseguy because he creates opportunities. Instead of accepting the system of acquiring product to sell, Lucas realizes a better way and puts it into practice. He acquires the drugs directly from Asia, allowing him to make considerably more money. Lucas keeps his business in the family, resembling the old crime families like the Corleones of The Godfather. He criticizes his brother’s choice to dress gaudily (in the way described by Ruth and similar to Gatsby), but his downfall begins when he himself wears an extravagant coat and hat to watch boxing. Finally, even though it is based on the life of a real person, American Gangster partially adheres to the tragic hero trope. Though Lucas does not die, he is “defeated” when he is caught and sent to prison. I personally could not help but feel disappointed; even though I knew his capture was inevitable, a part of me still wanted to see Lucas succeed. Ultimately, American Gangster was an enjoyable film which felt like the culmination of everything we had learned about gangsters in class.

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