Thursday, December 19, 2013

American Hustle

Christian Bale plays a con-man who falls in love with Amy Adams, but the problem is he's already married to Jennifer Lawrence, and he's under investigation by a quirky FBI agent played by Bradley Cooper. To stay out of prison and get away with the girl he loves, he's got to figure a way out.

Director David O. Russell combines his casts from his last two features, 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'The Fighter' (not including Mark Wahlberg or Melissa Leo) to make something totally different: a quirky late 70's heavily stylized dramedy loosely based on the Abscam FBI sting operation.  As the opening frame tells us, 'Some of this is true'; It's clearly been heavily O. Russelled.  And that's not to say it resembles his prior work, because it really doesn't.  But it's heavily stylized and quirky, with outrageous 70's hair and clothes, a complex and original script, and features terrific showy performances across the board by a large and talented ensemble cast, many of which will likely get recognized at this year's Academy Awards.  Don't see it because you're expecting 'Silver Linings Playbook' or 'The Fighter'.  See it because it's fun and fresh.

Grade: A

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