Anybody going to see American Hustle has high expectations even before seeing the film due to its star-studded cast, numerous award nominations and remarkable reception. The film takes you back to the late 70’s and allows you to follow the lives of the best con artists in town.
Christian Bale takes the lead in a role far from his comfort zone playing conman, Irving Rosenfield, who makes his fortune through money-loaning scams and forged pieces of arts. Irving meets the charming Sydney Prosser, played by Man of Steel star Amy Adams, and falls deeply in love with her despite being married to Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Rosalyn.
Irving and Sydney team up to become a scamming double act and the charm of a lady boosts business until FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), catches them in the act. DiMaso offers to drop the charges if they help him make four additional arrests which sets the pair off on their biggest con to date.
With laughs and tears along the way, Irving and Sydney team up with Richie to con themselves out of jail but will Irving’s wife, Rosalyn, stand in the way of their relationship, or will they live happily ever after?
The film covers a range of genres with drama, comedy, crime and romance which appeals to a large variety of people. Although, it could be criticised to cover too many genres in a broad manner. If this is the only criticism I can come up with then it must be a masterful film.
The acting performances from the cast are impressive with Bale stepping away from his usual smooth and handsome character and giving a superb performance as the not so attractive conman. Adams, Lawrence and Cooper also give outstanding performances which are certain to entice the audience.
American Hustle won three Golden Globes at this month’s award ceremony receiving the Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical and the female cast members stole the show with Amy Adams winning Best Actress and Jennifer Lawrence being awarded Best Supporting Actress. The film is nominated for ten Academy Awards at next month’s Oscars. It will be interesting to see if they steal the spotlight once again.
Director, David O’Russell, creates a remarkable film which will have you intrigued, laughing and shocked. You can catch American Hustle at your local cinema now.
Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner.
Director: David O’Russell.
Film Classification: 15.
Running Time: 138 minutes.