MOVIE REVIEW: 'American Hustle'
David O. Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook' was a huge success story at last year’s Oscars, earning Jennifer Lawrence a Best Actress award plus a slew of other trophies for the cast and crew. Now, the award-winning director and screenwriter has managed to again direct a film that will feature in next year’s awards season, as his latest work, ‘American Hustle,’ is a hilarious and dense delight.
The entire cast O. Russell has assembled is extraordinary. A permed Bradley Cooper stands head-to-head with an almost unrecognisable Christian Bale, while a finely coiffed Jeremy Renner and a glammed up and flirty Jennifer Lawrence round out the entourage.
It is, however, Amy Adams who really rules ‘American Hustle.’ She oozes a breezy sex appeal as she struts her way in and out of the story's complexities. She’s all glorious hair and revealing outfits with an air of confidence that propels the film forward. She is exhilarating.
The late '70s era plot itself is dense, twisting and moving so quickly that you barely notice the long-running time. Irving (Christian Bale) is a con-man married to Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence). He has been bewitched by an equally cunning ‘British’ lady Sydney (Amy Adams), who he teams up with to scam money and sell fake art. When they are forced to work with an over-eager FBI agent Richie (Bradley Cooper), they are pushed into the dark world of New Jersey power brokers and the Mafioso.
Jeremy Renner plays Carmine, an ambitious politician who is anxious to rebuild Atlantic City. He and Irving strike up a surprising friendship which leads into an increasing ambitious sting which involves politicians, congress and a Sheik.
To delve any further into the story intricacies would spoil the film. But between Edith’s duplicitous ways, Rosalyn’s sexy unpredictability and Irving’s increasing crisis of conscience all seemingly leading to a huge unravelling of all their plans. When you throw Bradley Cooper’s increasingly volatile and violent FBI agent into the mix – it’s a heady mix of excitement, violence and betrayal.
Rounded out with a perfect late '70s soundtrack, a few unexpected cameo performances and fantastic touches of humour – ‘American Hustle’ is a bucket load of fun with a wonderful cast who give it their all. And so many gorgeous over the top hairstyles.
It really is all about the hair.