- With: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawerence
- Directed by: David O. Russel
- 138 Min.
- IMDb: 7.7
Review: First, in 2010, David O. Russel brought to us “The Fighter”, a highly acclaimed film by both critics and audience worldwide (still on my watch list) and then, in 2012, he directed a really touching and funny romantic comedy named “Silver Linings Playbook” which drove him back to almost every known award ceremonies. So, after this two huge successes I have to confess that I had tremendous expectations for “American Hustle”. Adding to this, I have to confess that having Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawerence and Bradley Cooper in the cast was one strong reason for having great expectations.
“American Hustle” is basically the story of a couple (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) which is forced to work for a FBI agent (Di Maso) who wants to capture some of the most powerful criminals including politicians and mobsters. A story about power, corruption and love where the huge wish of Di Maso puts everyone lives in danger.
Christian Bale’s character, Irving, was so wonderful to see on the screen. It was full of life and confidence and his relationship with Sydney (also brilliantly played by Amy Adams) only reinforced the strength and power of his character. A lovely couple with a troubled relation. Most of their problems were caused by Irving’s wife (played by Jennifer Lawrence) who manipulated Irving, forcing him to stay with her and with their son.
But when Irving and Sydney met Di Maso, their lives are turned upside down and they have to fight for their lives while they are helping the FBI on this huge case.
“American Hustle” it’s therefore, more than just a story of a con man that hustles to survive. Its the story of four characters that hustle to survive. And it’s not difficult to understand why all the main actors/actress are nominated for Oscars.
I was so amazed with the atmosphere of the film right from the beginning. It was captivating, powerful and fun. It was an excellent film that confirms again that David O. Russel is a talented director. With such amazing characters and a wonderful story, “American Hustle” it’s, without any doubt, one strong contender to this year’s Oscars.