Director: David O’Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter)
Starring: Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Rises)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover)
Amy Adams (The Fighter, Man of Steel)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games)
American Hustle is about a con man and his gorgeous “british” partner being forced to work with a wild FBI agent that brings them deeper and deeper into the world of corrupt politicians and the mafia.
The movie starts off showcasing the ridiculous fashions of the late 70’s: terrible toupees and comb-overs, velvet suits, and large sunglasses worn indoors. Christian Bale is near to unrecognizable as Irving Rosenfeld with his belly, beard, and hairstyle, but gives an outstanding performance with his honest business man front and his con man back. Immediately you are given his back story as to why he is in his “profession”. Amy Adams plays Sydney Prosser, but through nearly the whole movie is playing two different people, the partner and the lover, but never draws back and gives an emotional and deep performance nonetheless. Bradley Cooper plays FBI agent Richie DiMaso, a young and upcoming agent looking to make a name for himself and enlists the help of Bale and Adams to take down some of the biggest players in Jersey. He as well is playing two parts at the same time, the FBI agent and the man looking for some fun. Jennifer Lawrence plays the nutty wife of Bale as Rosalyn Rosenfeld and is so unpredictable that you have no idea what is going to happen when she is on screen.
All of that along with a killer 70’s soundtrack, impressive direction and script by David O’Russell, what’s not to like
There is a reason this movie/cast are nominated for nearly every award out there.
If you’re into the vintage 70’s feel or just wanna see some of the best acting of the year, this movie is for you.
I give it 9 out of 10 popcorns
American Hustle is rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence
Justin Hellinga is the KIWA computer tech, weekend announcer, and has been at the station since September of 2013. He has been into movies for his whole life, and he’s not going to tell you whether a movie is bad or good, he’s just going to recommend the type of people who should go see the movie. Each week Justin will bring you a new movie review of the biggest movie of the week.
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