American Hustle
Directed By: David O’Russell
Starring: Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Robert De Niro, Michael Pena

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Premise: American Hustle is about Irving Rosenfield (Christian Bale), a married con man who falls in love with a seductive and equally cunning woman (Amy Adams). Together they run cons each taking on a role, her as a charming British woman Sydney Prosser. When they are caught by a desperate-to-make-a-name-for-himself, FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) he forces them to work a heist involving the New Jersey Mayor (Jeremy Renner), gambling, fake sheiks (a hilarious Michael Pena), and the mafia in order for them to avoid prosecution. Everything seems to be going well, that is until Irving’s unpredictable wife (Jennifer Lawrence) joins in the mix.

 

Things To Know About American Hustle

 

As a movie, it’s not Oscar worthy, but Amy Adams sure is.
The movie, as a whole, is nothing special. But when you break it down into little pieces, it has some incredible parts to it. The writing is great. The dialogue was witty, funny, and clever and the way the characters related to each other was extremely dynamic. The plot wasn’t particularly remarkable long cons have become such a staple in many movies now-a-days (you can blame Ocean’s 11 for that). It sometimes became side-tracked and muddled. Luckily for David O’Russell, he had Amy Adams on his side to keep things a float.

Amy Adams is so damn good.
Like really really damn good. First of all, she looked gorgeous. Beautiful dresses with strategically placed double stick tape. Secondly, she showed great range. It was a new side of her and there was something so uninhibited about it. The way she played off of Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale was great, but there was something electric that happened when she was joined with Jennifer Lawrence.

Jennifer Lawrence stole every scene she was in.
Okay, so she may be a little young to play a role like this. And she most definitely stood out like a sore thumb, but there was no denying that she had a presence in this movie. Her character was wild, unpredictable, and completely out of her mind. And Jennifer Lawrence brought that spark she brings to all her roles when she gets really really tense. It was there when she was yelling at Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, it was there when she was yelling at Haymitch in Catching Fire or screaming for Peeta, and it was everywhere in this movie. Her scenes with Amy Adams were really incredible, tense chemistry palpable. Besides watching people have crazy break downs is a great American pastime.

Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper were a little out of place.
Christian Bale really immersed himself in his role and he was great to watch, beer belly and all. However, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper felt not of the time. They felt too contemporary. Cooper had his moments, but it was too difficult seeing Jeremy as his character instead of as Jeremy Renner. I don’t know if it was the development of their characters, their acting, or just the fact that they were miscast. I loved Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, but he was out of place here.

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This is a movie to watch for the performances alone. Amy Adams is at her very best and should give Sandra Bullock a run for her money come Oscar time. American Hustle is definitely a movie to check out.

Rating: 3 ½ Stars

 

 

 

 

 

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