English Review – American Hustle (2013)


Doesn’t matter if it may have plot flaws whatsoever, David O. Russell still managed to impress by all of his characters presence.

American Hustle delivers both complete aesthetic and worthy tale about late 70s political commentary which very match for each other. Con-artist, FBI, and missions you can’t refuse combined with over-the-top fashion, cleavage, and hair-styles. Retrospective narration by Christian Bale mixed up with ecstatic playlist. This is a total show-off, a proper one.

And David O. Russel’s influence of directing is stylish and really wanted to be recognized as a smart one. The opening scenes actually is the middle act of the film; that’s when Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), Sydney prosser (Amy Adams), and Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) are in action as they’re trying to entrap one of very honorable politician of New Jersey , Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), by making him to accept some side money in the middle of their discussion about potential investments. That’s all setup

And after that moment, Russel bring us back in time to introduce us about Irving Rosenfeld, a con-artist who fell in love with Sydney Prosser. Two of them started a relationship and are working together. Until a moment when an FBI agent caught them in action. The agent, Richie DiMaso promises that he will release both of them if they agree to line up for others arrest. They arrange an “abscam” scheme operation, and their first attempt; Carmine Polito.

Characters arc which Russel keen to build is one that very determined. By assembling stellar casts, he developed their character in depth of backstory and background. Each of their persona seems inherent, but the dynamic circumstances of the film have made them to behave in a moody, fluctuated emotion. The film is so oscillated in stages that each of character feeling appears temporary towards each other.

Everyone is particularly brilliant; Chris Bale, Amy Adams lead the show; Bradley Cooper’s clinical sly character is so good we hated him. Jeremy Renner has all the charisma and every speech he gives is really convincing. But, we need, really need to talk about that acting from Jennifer Lawrence. She plays Irving’s wife, Rosalyn who gives one of the most explosive, amplifying and daring performance as a histrionic woman. She is a show stealer.

The film may remind us about the corruption issue back then in late 70s; but it’s definitely not a praise, but a critic to the federal by letting this kind of practice happened. Asserted by quote of Irving confirming that FBI didn’t even come to the real bullshit money men, instead they came after for the clean, hard-worker ones. Ironic to the core.