Out of the three, “Hustle” has a bit of different vibe, there are outrageous elements of comedy sprinkled throughout the picture, with loads of dramatic firepower from an all-star ensemble including Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. I’ll admit I’m not a fan of pictures that tend to flash-forward to a time period that is not of the present, but when done right it works. “American Hustle” takes place during the 70s, and involves con artists, the government, FBI agents and a lot of surprises.
The story highlights a fictionalized account of the Abscam scandal, which involved an East Coast FBI operation sting. The script written by Russell and Eric Warren Singer is polished, precise and heavenly in so many words. Bale stars as Irving Rosenfeld, a top-caliber con artist, with more tricks up his sleeve than one can expect. It’s a complete transformation for the actor who packed on a few pounds for the role. Bale has been known for ”˜transformative’ roles, take a look at his work in “American Psycho” and “The Machinist.”
Frankly, I’d be surprised if Cooper, didn't garner a nod also, for his fast-talking manic performance as DiMaso. The actor has consistently grown over the years, proving his craft in “Silver Linings Playbook” and take it a step further with a complicated character who has a mission, but might have ulterior motives with
“Hustle” excels on so many levels its scary, but this movie rises to the top of the charts for a variety of reasons rarely seen in cinema. It has a unique story, an enthralling narrative, layered characters, stellar acting, smart dialogue and great direction. Rarely does a movie contain all these elements in a way that mesh with such fluidity. The hoopla of the picture being a comedy does have me at war with some critics. Yes, it has humorous moments, but in its overall delivery “American Hustle” is a drama and it’s a damn superb one to say the least.
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