Ridley Scott has, in his long career, directed some of the most memorable films ever made. The guy has Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator on his resume. If there's something he's always been good at, it's visual storytelling.
When a Scott film trips up, it's usually something outside of the pure visual aesthetic that causes it. The most recent example of this would be the Alien prequel Prometheus which, again, while visually impressive, has a script that's dumber than a box of rocks.