American Hustle

poster_americanhustleDirector: David O. Russell
Writer: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence
Released: January 2014

I honestly didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was Jennifer Lawrence is in it. Which sold it for me.

rs_1024x759-131212112357-1024.Amy-Adams-American-Hustle-Fur-Hat.jl.121213_copyBright, bold, glossy and rawkus. American Hustle shows off the glamorous seventies in a gorgeous light.

In the same way The Boat that Rocked made the sixties nostalgic, American Hustle enhanced our recollection of the seventies.

I was utterly gob-smacked to discover that Danny Elfman composed the music… You 935381-american-hustlecan’t even tell. Certainly a step away from the stereotypical sound expected from Elfman.

The actors were incredible. Everyone was so believable and realistic. Kudos to Amy Adams. I lost my faith in her acting ability after Man of Steel, (as Lois Lane) but she has made a come-back, for sure. She even does a fantastic monologue without make-up on.

Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence – absolutely flawless acting.

o-american-hustle-trailer-facebookSomeone told me American Hustle is “all cleavage and big hair”… I can’t really disagree with this statement. But it’s shot in such a classy and upbeat way, the plunging neck lines and big up-dos fit perfectly.

The script is beautiful! There are double meanings and strong themes in the dialogue, with funny lines and meaningful quotes.

The story was below average though. It was over-complicated, and relied too heavily on voice-overs. But the overall idea of two con artists and the characters they play to do the illegal dealing is cool.

The music was fun, the pub scenes were moody, and emotions ran high.

Probably not needing to be a two and a half hour movie, but a playful and provocative watch nevertheless.

Jodie’s rating: 6.5/10 – mostly for the acting and script

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About Jodie (NZ Film Freak)

I am a journalism student in New Zealand. I enjoy writing on my blog about films and songs, plus the odd random thought. Follow me on Twitter @NZFilmFreak and like my FaceBook page NZ Film Freak :)
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