American Hustle

Film

So after the Christmas from hell, my health is finally looking up, which means I am playing catch up with many of the films I had been so looking forward to.

While American Hustle offers some really good performances, it did in some ways fall a little flat for me. Mind you, I still found it to be incredibly entertaining, just not quite as stellar as I had hoped.  Jennifer Lawrence, although not as main a character as I had hoped, did wonderful.  As did Amy Adams, though I would not consider it to be her best role ever, I thought she was brilliant in The Fighter.

Christian Bale, as always, was just awesome, as was his physical transformation. Jeremy Renner, eh, I don’t really get Jeremy Renner, so I guess he was ok? Now Bradly Cooper on the other hand, I am not normally a fan of, for me Silver Linings Playbook was all about Lawrence. However, I saw a different side of Cooper this time around, and while I may not be rushing to add him to my favorite actors list, I did enjoy his performance. Deniro’s character as far as I’m concerned, was completely unnecessary, and almost served as a downer, as I felt anyone could have played that character. As for the filming and direction, anyone familiar with Scorsese’s films could tell you, there were more than just a few similarity’s style wise. Not so much that is was obnoxious, but clearly he was influenced, as some shots literally mirrored scenes in Goodfellas. The costumes, music, and hairstyles were all perfectly in sync, and helped give this film some real oomph, but at times, the story just seemed to lose me a little. From the final twist, to Adams’ on again off again accent, it all just never seemed to really wow me. Will I buy this when it comes out? Of course, as I said it was still terribly entertaining, however Oscar worthy? That I’m still not too sure about.

Writing.....B+

Directing....B+

Acting...A

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Overall
A-

February 01

Directed By: David O. Russell

Writers: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner

So after the Christmas from hell, my health is finally looking up, which means I am playing catch up with many of the films I had been so looking forward to.

While American Hustle offers some really good performances, it did in some ways fall a little flat for me. Mind you, I still found it to be incredibly entertaining, just not quite as stellar as I had hoped.  Jennifer Lawrence, although not as main a character as I had hoped, did wonderful.  As did Amy Adams, though I would not consider it to be her best role ever, I thought she was brilliant in The Fighter.

Christian Bale, as always, was just awesome, as was his physical transformation. Jeremy Renner, eh, I don’t really get Jeremy Renner, so I guess he was ok? Now Bradly Cooper on the other hand, I am not normally a fan of, for me Silver Linings Playbook was all about Lawrence. However, I saw a different side of Cooper this time around, and while I may not be rushing to add him to my favorite actors list, I did enjoy his performance. Deniro’s character as far as I’m concerned, was completely unnecessary, and almost served as a downer, as I felt anyone could have played that character. As for the filming and direction, anyone familiar with Scorsese’s films could tell you, there were more than just a few similarity’s style wise. Not so much that is was obnoxious, but clearly he was influenced, as some shots literally mirrored scenes in Goodfellas. The costumes, music, and hairstyles were all perfectly in sync, and helped give this film some real oomph, but at times, the story just seemed to lose me a little. From the final twist, to Adams’ on again off again accent, it all just never seemed to really wow me. Will I buy this when it comes out? Of course, as I said it was still terribly entertaining, however Oscar worthy? That I’m still not too sure about.

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