3 responses to “Movie Review: American Hustle”

  1. michele

    I think I enjoyed it more than you did. The actors are what kept me most interested more than the plot. For me a good sign is when the actor no longer is the actor but the character they are portraying, often I find they aren’t able to separate from their role and their real life persona. In this film they all separated clear cut, For me Jennifer Lawrence did a great job, more convincing in her role than Amy Adams. I laughed at the pairing of the Boardwalk alumni too. Jack Huston is fun to watch. I do agree it could have been edited a bit more as it dragged on in parts. Overall I would recommend it!

  2. Victor

    Jack, nice review. However, like Michele, I also seemed to enjoy it more than you did, even though it’s my least favorite genre — here I agree with you that it is essentially a combination of a screwball comedy and a heist/con-game film (the ethical dilemmas in the movie, while very real, are diluted by the comedic uproar), very loosely based on real events, but maximally distorting them each and every way for dramatic/comedic effect (I usually hate it when this happens). Despite all this, I found the characters that Russell created to be absolutely hilarious and amazingly detailed and fleshed-out in their comedic splendor, which allowed me to thoroughly enjoy a movie that I would otherwise probably hate. Most importantly, the casting is impeccable – each actor seemed to be born for their roles, I can’t recall when was the last time I was so impressed by the acting, despite such a light-weight genre. I guess I would give it a 4.0 out of 5.0 (with 5+ for the characters and the acting, and 3 for the substance of it)

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