Staring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K. and Robert Deniro.
Directed by: David O Russell
‘American Hustle’ is about two con artists who are forced to work with an FBI agent to take down a corrupt mayor and some congressman. The farther they go in the investigate, the dangerous it starts to get. The film is loosely based on a FBI ABSCAM operation.
‘American Hustle’, in my opinion, is a film that was hype too much. The acting was great, as well as the wardrobe, script and hairstyling, but the story was confusing and boring at times. I enjoy David O Russell’s films. I consider ‘Three Kings’ and ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ to be two of my favourite films, with ‘The Fighter’ also being a fantastic film. Maybe I went in with too high of expectations, but I just didn’t enjoy myself as much as I wanted to.
The movie did have some redeeming qualities, like the talented cast and some very funny scenes, mostly involving Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. I am a huge fan of Jennifer Lawrence and her comedic relief to the roles she plays in. She was great as Christian Bale’s dim witted wife. Bradley Cooper has been a huge surprise for me since Silver Linings Playbook. It seems like just yesterday I saw him in The Wedding Crashers. He was entertaining to watch in this one, giving one of the most wildest takes of an FBI agent I’ve seen in awhile.
Needless to say, I did not enjoy ‘American Hustle’ as much as I wanted to. However, the actors and actresses deserve recognition for their roles, and I think that’s what saved the film from being a lost cause for me. It’s disappointing, considering how universally loved the movie is and how great the director is.
*Nominated for 10 Oscars
Best Director-David O Russell
Best Actor-Christian Bale
Best Actress-Amy Adams
Best Supporting Actress-Jennifer Lawrence
Best Supporting Actor-Bradley Cooper
Best Original Screenplay
Best Film Editing
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design