Christine Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner
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AMERICAN Hustle opens with the following statement: “Some of this actually happened.” Yes, this fantastic movie is based on a rather fantastical true story from the 1970s. But that’s not so important.
What is important about American Hustle is that it is perpetually alive, alert and aggressively attuned to entertaining an audience.
For this reason alone, this funny, messy and vividly vibrant affair will stand as one of the best things to be released in 2013.
How to best describe the irrepressibly convoluted plot of American Hustle? That takes some doing as well.
Let’s go with Argo meets Goodfellas meets The Sting, with all three getting on like a house on fi re.
Meet middle- aged con man Irv Rosenfeld ( Christian Bale). Between the hours of nine and fi ve, Irv runs a chain of dry cleaners across New York. But 24/ 7, he is fl eecing anyone with a pulse and no idea about money.
That’s when he’s not arranging his thinning hair in a comb- over so elaborate it borders on heritage architecture.
Looks can be deceiving. However, when it comes to deception, his beautiful girlfriend Sydney Prosser ( Amy Adams) is in another league.
Once she starts posing as a British aristocrat named Lady Edith complete with a faultless plummy accent, Irv’s various scams start raking in millions.
That is until this cunning couple hook the wrong big fi sh.
Richie DiMaso ( Bradley Cooper) is actually an FBI agent and he has serious plans for his latest catches. Irv and Sydney will become the prime bait for a covert operation that will ensnare several corrupt politicians.
One of the distinct pleasures of American Hustle is its tendency to dash off in any number of directions in its relentless pursuit of a great scene.
In the second half of the movie in particular, many of these great scenes will be comprehensively owned by Jennifer Lawrence. She plays Rosalyn, the wife Irv wishes he never had.
The rest of the American Hustle ensemble also bring their A- games.
A bald and bloated Bale is not content to let his endearingly grotesque appearance do all the hard work. His intuitive feel for Irv gives the fi lm much of its scurrilous soul.
Adams and Cooper are almost on par with Bale, and share some cracking scenes as their characters fi ght a misplaced attraction throughout the movie.
Perhaps the most signifi cant endorsement that can be made of the acting excellence on display in American Hustle is that even the long- disgraced Robert De Niro recaptures all of his old brilliance in the space of one fl eeting appearance here. About Time Adoration America Hustle Captain Phillips Carrie Counselor Delivery Man Ender’s Game Gravity Night Train To Lisbon One Chance Rush Hunger Games: Catching Fire Thor: The Dark World
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