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“American Hustle” – Early Review (POSITIVE)

December 8, 2013

Screen shot 2013-12-08 at 8.00.29 PMDavid O. Russell is, to put it simply, is on a fucking winning streak the past few years. Granted I’ve always been a fan of his, but ever since “The Fighter”, man oh man, it’s like he’s purposely trying to top himself movie after movie. Russell continues to reunite with people he loves to work with, and who also feel mutual about their fearless leader. If there’s one thing you can take away from Russell’s films is that every single one of them, he some how manages to bring out the utter most best from each actor and actress.

Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), a slugish, but witty con man, who along with his equally cunning and seductive faux-British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) after their quick-wit cons get the best of them. DiMaso pushes Irving & Sydney into a world of Jersey power-brokers, devious politicians, and mafia figures that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting.

Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator is caught between the con-artists and Feds, as he simply wants to bring back Atlantic City to its prime, and give jobs to people who have none. However, things may get dicy, as Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire operation crashing down.

Like I said before, David O. Russell manages to bring out the up most best in his cast, and everyone is at the top of their game. Bale makes a perfect fat sleeze, but manages to make his character somewhat cathartic. Cooper’s DiMaso is as colorful as the times the film is set in, along with him are many other supporting players who bring their A-game.

Screen shot 2013-12-08 at 8.03.42 PMJennifer Lawrence, recently came off her Best Actress win for Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” last year, may be looking at a second consecutive win as the big mouthed temptress Rosalyn Rosenfeld, she manages to steal every single scene she appears in, and it continues to show us all the reason why we love her so damn much. Amy Adams, goes on a whole other level of awesome in her femme fatale role, I truly feel her time has come to win a Best Actress Oscar, no more of this continuing nomination, she needs to WIN!

Lately, in Russell’s films he’s managed to keep the flow of the camera going in a more kinetic way, it first came to light when I saw “The Fighter”, look at anyone of his films before that and you begin to see a significant difference in his choice of camera style. The camera almost gives off a sort of ballet vibe, it’s fluent & graceful, yet vigorous when it needs to be. Everything is always moving, the story is rambunctious and hard to believe at times, yes it is based on a true story, but it certainly is more fictionalized than what the eye wants to see. Heck, it even opens with the statement: ‘Some of this actually happened’.

David O. Russell has made some colorful movies in his filmography, and all of them never seem to fail to challenge and at the same time entertain his core audience. “American Hustle” is without question his masterpiece. The characters are developed to a tee and the entire production, the look, the feel, the sound, you cannot ask for anything better in a movie about a bunch of nuts lying to one another at every turn. It’s a close call, but this may be my #1 favorite movie of the year. I’m definitely seeing it again, paying to see it again no less, it deserves my monies worth.

GRADE: A

Special Thanks to Nira Torres for attending the screening and sharing her input.

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