Finally, I got the chance to check out David O. Russell's latest film, American Hustle. I couldn't wait to check it out with this all-star cast including: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and so more. Especially considering I've loved O. Russell's last two films, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, his latest just looked like it was going to be fantastic.
I loved and appreciated that the very beginning of the film opens with the tag line 'Some of this actually happened'. Yes, it had some storylines and resemblances to a real story, but at least no one was claiming this movie to be a serious biopic. The story is very loosely based off of events in the 1970s. Basically conman Irving Rosenfeld(Christian Bale), who is based off of Mel Weinberg, was caught in his many schemes along with his mistress Sydney Prosser(Amy Adams) and then they had to team up with the FBI to get themselves out of jail time. Both were ordered by Richie DiMaso(Bradley Cooper), an FBI agent who really wanted to take down the big time corrupt politicians.
The best part of this film had to be the cast. They went all in on these characters, and they were some pretty crazy personalities to tap into. I mean, I could barely keep a straight face looking at Christian Bale with that potbelly and comb over, but he sold it. Bradley Cooper with those curls, dead. And Amy Adams, can she just get an Oscar already? She is absolutely fantastic, in everything. And I love Jennifer Lawrence, and her character was good, but I didn't think it was anything standout, especially compared to other performances this year. I really loved that Jeremy Renner was in this movie, because I love him. But once again, that hair, just magic. There were some other great appearances from actors I love too, it was a great! The whole cast just worked so well together.
I may have watched the movie a bit too late after the hype, because I was expecting more. It was entertaining, definitely funny, but something was just missing for me. It could be because I hyped it up to much for myself. Even though I appreciate the honesty of not being very accurate to the true story, I would have loved for it to be more accurate. Or maybe it was because it was a movie filled with selfish characters, where you really aren't rooting for anyone. The bad guys are helping the good guys, who are trying to take down the supposedly good guys, who are actually bad guys. Doesn't make sense? No it doesn't, basically everyone is bad.