This film had a lot of hype about it when it was first released and from what I can tell it still does, now that I have seen the film I would have to say that it is definitely over hyped and it even got a little boring in parts. Most things about this film were great, I just found that parts of the film were long, dull and boring.
The film is set in the 70’s and is all about the relationship between Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser, both business and romantic. After they meet and fall in love, despite Rosenfeld having a wife and adopted son, they get in to the conning business together, all is going well until Richie DiMaso a FBI agent looking to impress catches them red handed when he pretends to buy in to the con. Richie makes a deal for both Rosenfeld and Prosser to help him catch four other criminals in exchange for clearing their names of the crimes they have commited. The trio’s target is Carmine Polito, a Mayor in New Jersey at the time with a dream of trying to revitalize Atlantic City as a Gambling Mecca,To achieve this mission Carmine would need an investment of millions of dollars. In a plight to obtain these fake offshore investments they end up getting senators and congressmen involved, and a lot of people get arrested in connection to the whole thing which was exactly the plan.
Other than the occasional boring scene the film was entertaining and had really impressive acting in it. Christian Bale took on a really difficult role, and managed to own the role of Irving Rosenfeld to the point that it took me half of the film to figure out that it was Christian Bale. Bradley Cooper played Richie DiMaso, and did a good job but got overshadowed by the performance that Bale gave. Unfortunately the same happened to Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence really stole the limelight despite having a fairly small role in the film, but Amy Adams was still amazing as Sydney Prosser and thrived in this role.
Looks wise the film was beautifully presented with really inventive shots and a lot of movement. I think that David O’Russell really captured the feel of the 70’s with the set, costumes, make up and hair design, and even the music choices. One of my favourite scenes was when Rosalyn Rosenfeld (Jennifer Lawrence) puts metal in “the science oven” whilst doing exactly that, then starts a fire, my main reason for loving this scene is the fact that it is referred to as a science oven rather than a microwave – very 70’s!
My advice for this film is to watch it for the acting and setting alone, if you can get through the boring bits, you’ll enjoy the film. Once again I am going to define a film as a “popcorn flick” it is great for one watch, but not worth a second, and I am actually quite happy I never saw it in the cinema as I probably would not have spent that much money to see American Hustle.
What did you think of the film?
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