Over my festive Christmas break, I decided to catch a movie at the movie theater. After constant persuasion (and a little bit of bribing), I convinced my friends to watch the film, American Hustle, with me. American Hustle, with three- time Golden Globe awards, stars the incredible cast of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner.
The plot is set in 70’s New Jersey. Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is a master con-man and launder mat owner, teamed up with the fake-ly British Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). Together they attract desperate investors, whose money they steal. Their luck runs short, and are soon caught and offered leverage by FBI agent Richard “Richie” DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). The only condition: both con artists must work with DiMaso to catch the illegal acts Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), the mayor of Camden. This leads the trio into the ring of mafia of New Jersey.
That is all I will say about the plot. Now, onto the reasons why this movie was fantastic. This movie is no ordinary crime film. What makes it enjoyable and zesty is not only the excellent acting, but the touches of humor that are instilled just right. The acting itself is one of the best I’ve seen so far this year, because of one simple reason: it is actually believable. All characters are complex, humorous, and for the most part, gray. Now what I mean by that is that all the characters have immense flaws, and redeeming qualities, too. Their moralities sway back and forth, but that’s what makes them seem like actual human beings.
Out of the entire cast, the shining stars include Bale, Lawrence, and Cooper. Bale starts out as a con-man who has control of everything, and progresses to have control of nothing. He’s part arrogant, goofy, loving, and caring. He executes a stunning job in his role. Cooper is an FBI agent who seems perfectly moral and honest, but as the movie progresses, his true character reveals himself. Even when it seems like he’s become the hero of the story, there is a spark of insanity that makes his character a funny and slightly hateful.
Out of them all, my favorite was Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Rosalyn Rosenfeld. Rosalyn is Irving’s neurotic, insane, flamboyant, and hilarious wife. She is the light-hearted black cat in this whole plot. She almost ruins Dimaso’s, Irving’s and Prosser’s plans (and lives), and somehow brilliantly saves them, as well. How she gets everyone to land back on their feet is truly remarkable, and I’m going to stop talking about it, for I am afraid I would spoil the movie.
Over all, I would rate this movie nine out of ten. This has been one of the best movies I have seen so far this year. Is it Oscar-worthy? I would be greatly disappointed if it were not. American Hustle now leads the Oscar race with 10 nominations. This movie is interesting, funny, and surprisingly a feel-good movie. Even my friends were glad I took them to see it!
If you are unsure of what movie to watch lately, definitely watch this one!