Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence
Directed by: David O. Russell
Written By: Eric Singer, David O. Russell
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 18 min
In this movie everyone is hustling for something. Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) is looking for bigger criminal scalps to further his career. Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are in it for the money. Mayor Carmine Polito is looking to improve his state, and isn’t fussy about who he works with to get the job done. American Hustle for me is one of those movies that I end up really respecting, but at the same time it leaves me feeling empty.
It’s certainly well made, and well written. It runs at a great pace, and is never boring. Its main strength though comes from its superb cast. The chameleon Christian Bale yet again disappears physically and mentally into another great part, and Bradley Cooper is excellent. I was even more impressed by Amy Adam’s and Jennifer Lawrence. So why would all this leave me feeling empty….?
….because there isn’t a single likeable character in the film. Pretty much everyone is playing a game, or looking to con or manipulate someone else. So you’re left wondering who’s conning who throughout the movie. When the story seemingly tries to give one of its characters a conscience. It isn’t convincing. So if you like movies that require you to play along and figure out the end game, then you’ll get something out of American Hustle.
The 70’s period detail and music selection looked and sounded great. A matinée showing is recommended. At home a HD showing.
Best element for me:
Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams.