American Hustle is the partially true story about a con-man and woman who, after getting caught conning people for thousands of dollars, make a deal with an overly ambitious FBI Agent to bring down some very high profile members of the society in order to avoid prosecution.
This movie has the best ensemble cast of any other movie this year. The acting was outstanding across the board and rightly so, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence all have received Golden Globe nominations for their performances in this film. Out of the bunch, Amy Adams stuck out the most. Not just anyone could have pulled off her role the way she did. There is a scene where she seems to develop a split personality and they way she performed it was unbelievable. I don't know if anyone will beat her out for the Oscar this year.
This is one of the best dark comedies that I've seen in a very long time. The story was highly intriguing and I was laughing within the first 30 seconds when I saw the opening title read, "Some of this actually happened..." They did a great job of keeping it interesting with minimal action by focusing in depth on each character. When done right, it's one of the things that makes a great film and this one is easily one of the 10 best films of the year.
I'm very impressed with the Writer/ Director, David O. Russell, who is on a hot streak of amazing movies with his last two films being The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. He's extremely talented and I'm officially a big fan. The style he brings to the screen is awesome. He seems to be character focused but very good at capturing the subtle moments that can point out the humor of a situation in surprising ways.
Another thing that stuck out to me was how well they captured the style of the 70's with the awesome costumes and the best soundtrack of any movie I've seen this year.
This is the stuff good films are made of. With award worthy writing, directing, and acting, this is definitely one of the best movies of the year.
My Grade: A+
Mr. Movies - Wes Horner
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