American Hustle

Review: American Hustle

24 Jan 14

American Hustle

David O. Russell's hugely entertaining 70's crime comedy American Hustle is packed with explosive style, energy and humour. David O. Russell reteams with the actors from his two previous films. Christian Bale and Amy Adams from The Fighter, and Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence from Silver Linings Playbook. The rich characters are impeccably acted by the A-list cast. Christian Bale nails it as Irving Rosenfeld, a brilliant con artist who forges paintings and steals money off people desperate for loans, joined by his partner, Sydney Prosser, played by Amy Adams. Bradley Cooper is excellent as FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. Forcing Irving and Sydney to rat out other criminals, including violent mobster, Victor Tellegio, played by Robert De Niro, and New Jersey Mayor Carmine Polito, played by Jeremy Renner. Jennifer Lawrence continues to impress me as Irving's bitchy, obnoxious and hilariously stupid wife, Rosalyn Rosenfeld. American Hustle feels very much like a Martin Scorsese film. Imagine GoodFellas, Boogie Nights and Argo all in one. The plot does get a bit complicated, but everything cleverly ties in together at the end. American Hustle is great.
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