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American Hustle  (2013)

American Hustle
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American Hustle  Review

American Hustle

(2013)

In theaters:
Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Genre:
Crime, Drama

Director:
David O. Russell

Cast:
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jeremy Renner

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James S. said on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 8:07:23 PM
Zachary, you can always be assured of disappointment when you go into a movie with preconceived notions based on its trailer, what other people say about it, or how many awards it's been nominated for. Let yourself go, man. The best way to walk into a movie is with a blank head. Forget what you've read or heard. Make up your own mind. I didn't care for Silver Linings Playbook one bit, and thought The Fighter was just okay. I was leery about American Hustle, but came away from it thinking it was a great American film that would be remembered for decades to come. Good luck in your future moviegoing endeavors!

James S. said on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:59:46 PM
A great film--one whose greatness is easily overlooked, I think. I would have put it in the top spot on my list of the year's best, but that damned Upstream Color kept getting in the way for reasons I *still* can't explain!

Josh said on Saturday, January 11, 2014 9:58:15 PM
Tony, I agree. Brilliant performances all around, wonderful story and many scenes that stick with you long after viewing are only held back by the flow, which does seem to rob the film of its momentum at times. However, its so good when the momentum is flowing that the lagging spots are pretty easily forgotten and forgiven.

Travis Starr said on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 3:34:08 AM
American Hustle was a huge mess of storytelling!
What do you get when you mix Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, and Martin Scorsese all together but with no pulse amongst a confusing/messy story, with some great acting some wacky hair and a lot of side boob? You get David O. Russel's America Hustle. It's Jackie Brown meets Boogie Nights with directors Wes Anderson and the great Martin Scorsese style through into the mix. Only Russell's film is all style with a lot of confusion. Russell's proves he can direct in a similar fashion to Tarantino, P.T., Wes, and Scorsese, only his film has no control over it's structure. Russell's Scorsese check off list goes: Awesome soundtrack songs, camera zooms and pans, a great cast, stylish to the time period, but somewhere in there Russell did not learn how to properly tell a great story here. He did with Three Kings, which was his last "great" film. What a mess of a con film. Christian Bale was fantastic, Amy Adams was great, Jeremy Renner was amazing, and Jennifer Lawrence was stunning. Bradley Cooper was none of these. He was Bradley Cooper playing Bradley Cooper, you know the guy from The Hangover who looks like he's always doing drugs off camera. Just saying. For about a solid hour I had no clue what this film was really about. I knew a big con was put in place, but it's never simply laid out for the audience as to what they're plan is, even though it's a con film with twists, in the beginning the plan is always well explained. Not here. American Hustle spends more time caring about it's looks, it's acting, it's zoom in's and zoom out's and camera pans than the film's own structure and story. A script with too many open gaps in between scenes and dialogue. Also, the pacing of the film was intolerable, the sudden pauses and cut aways from one character's lines to another made this film impossible to flow together with it's own dialogue. It works in scenes like Bradley Cooper asking his boss in the hallway to finish the rest of his ice fishing story (which was the biggest laugh in the film), but in scenes where Bale, Cooper, and Adams argue before the big con, these breath gaps are all over and slow the scenes to the speed of turtle. I get it everyone hustles others to survive. But in a story this big and this big of a cast I should not be spending an hour and a half trying to figure out which character I'm suppose to be caring about! Most of the characters of the film are idiots like in Pulp Fiction, which is great for a dark comedy. However, where as the characters of Pulp Fiction had great and interesting brainless topics to talk about, these characters have the most uninteresting dialogue and topics to talk about most of the time. Except for the ice fishing story. In the end this film based on "So me of these things are real" doesn't make for an easy good 2 hour plus sit through. The best way to describe American Hustle is like the wedding scene in the film classic Goodfellas, where Karen meets 2 dozens Peters and Pauls who are all married to girls named Marie. "By the time I was finished I thought I was drunk".

Tony said on Thursday, January 02, 2014 2:22:56 AM
Great movie in regards to the performances and settings. The only drawback I found was the flow of the movie where I did find it lacking in sustaining its momentum. Am I the only one?

Tim said on Saturday, December 28, 2013 6:32:38 PM
I walked out of this movie after 40 minutes.It is slow and very boring with 0 humor.Save your money or go see the wolf of wall street, it is the best movie in a long time.

David said on Saturday, December 28, 2013 4:04:05 AM
I have to say I was a little disappointed with this one. The performances were terrific all around and it was well made, however I found the film as a whole to be non-compelling. I give credit to David O. Russell for realizing the absurdity of this whole thing and running with it; he does create a few memorable scenes, but by the end i wasn't fully invested enough to care which was a real shame. Wanted to love it, wish I loved it, but can't. Agree to disagree on this one Richard. Grade: B-.

Steve said on Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:31:47 PM
I've been going to movies for my entire 49 year life. This is only the 3rd one ever--out of easily more than a 1000--that I thought about walking out of. It was terrible. Absolutely terrible. Not a single character that mattered to me. Contrived and way over the top. It even had the cliché disco scene! Golden Globe Nomination for Best Picture? Sad.

Dill said on Thursday, December 26, 2013 7:27:37 PM
It ranks right up there with 'The Sting', 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' and 'Matchstick Men' in this genre.

Allison said on Monday, December 23, 2013 12:36:51 AM
This movie was hilarious, first and foremost. But it's much more than that.
The acting was fantastic, even from unexpected small characters.
It's a fascinating take on con men. The script is excellent, and unlike Silver Linings Playbook when it goes for depth it delivers. It asks interesting questions about identity, and how far people are willing to go to change, and how much people are willing to lie to themselves. And it answers to the last: quite a lot. If you watch the movie, you'll see. Even you will get conned.

 
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