American Hustle

Drama

Fun crime comedy with Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper Discuss this article

You’ll want to love Irving (Christian Bale), the half-smart schmo first seen finessing an elaborately glued comb-over in the mirror – and you’ll hate Richie (Bradley Cooper), the aggro Fed who, with a flick of his hand, ruins it. These are but initial impressions: American Hustle, a dynamite crime comedy and identity meltdown that can rekindle one’s faith in movies, will no doubt jostle allegiances like tourists in the back of a cab. There’s still the matter of Sydney (Amy Adams) – or maybe she’s Lady Edith Greensly, a British financier clad in plunging 1970s couture.

All of them are in on a scam (and a love triangle) that takes them from the storage space of a dry cleaner to the undulating dancefloor of Studio 54, and even the hotel-room buggings of the Abscam sting. The scope of the script (by Eric Warren Singer and director David O Russell) is amazingly wide for what always felt like a grubby chapter of post-Watergate malfeasance.

But Russell has figured out how to make his performers fly – the actors are all playing actors, basically – and he’s brought back his original neuroticism to boot.

Does American Hustle have heart – does it have importance? Such naive questions: It has Jennifer Lawrence blowing up a microwave. When Hollywood is made to go blazingly fast like this, it’s an offence to try to complain.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,

American Hustle

  • Duration: 138
  • Released: Thu, 13 Feb
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: David O. Russell
  • Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner

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