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American Hustle

American Hustle


Title - American Hustle
My Admission - $7.00
One Line Review - "David O' Russell Does His Best Martin Scorsese."


Review - Anyone who’s familiar with David O. Russell’s work knows the quality of craftsmanship that goes into his films. From “The Fighter” to ‘Silver Linings Playbook” alone you know you’ve got solid direction, a well crafted story, and Oscar caliber performances. His newest film, “American Hustle,” is no different in these regards but this film truly feels like his best.

Set in 1978, the film deals with a pair of small time con artists who find themselves in way over their head. Simple and sweet in that regard, even bordering on disinteresting but David has pooled together a troupe of actors that alter the small time feel of the story into the length and breadth of characterization that makes “American Hustle” one of the best films of 2013.

Christian Bale (Oscar winner for O. Russell’s “The Fighter”) is the out right star of the film. Questionably detestable, on almost every level, Bale delivers another character performance that is an outright joy to watch. There’s nothing to like about him physically but the audience is drawn to him, his work, and his struggle throughout the film. Bradley Cooper is manic and impressive as a different type of detestable character; you’ll figure it out but won’t like him as much. Jeremy Renner delivers the closest character connection to anyone we’d have previously met in a Scorsese film. And the girls, Oh My... Both Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence are at their absolute peak, in both appearance and performance. So much so that I believe this is Amy’s “Best Actress” Oscar worthy performance.

David O’Russell is an auteur, and one I’ve grown to both respect and expect from. His films and characters compare to Martin Scorsese’s work in the most positive ways. His deliveries can be counted on to not only be solidly written and directed, but cast. David has made a name for himself through his technical achievements and this has produced a group of actors that have not only performed for him but have stayed with him. “American Hustle” is my favorite work of his, taught and thorough the film delivers on so many levels that it’s a sure bet to be sittin’ pretty come Oscar night, and deservedly so.


Movie Information

Distributor: Colombia Pictures
MPAA Rating: R: Pervasive Language, Sexual Content, and Brief Violence
Starring:  Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K.
Director: David O. Russell
Producers:  Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle
Screenwriter: Eric Singer, David O. Russell
Cinematographer:  Linus Sandgren
Composer: Danny Elfman
Editor: Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Art Director: Jesse Rosenthal
Running Time: 2 hours and 8 minutes
Genre: Crime, Drama

Turn Down The Lights, Turn Up The Sound.

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