Thursday, May 8, 2014

(Rental Review) American Hustle (2013)

I'm starting to think that I have no taste. Seriously. I'm really starting to think that I consider my taste in movies to be pretty good but in reality it is garbage. Why, because this is another movie that was nominated for Best Picture and one that I liked, but I didn't love. I know, I know... "Look at the cast. Look at the costumes. Look at the acting. Look at the writing. Are you BLIND you fool?" is what they will shout from the rooftops at me. So what? I don't care. Because while I DID think that the writing was good and I DID think that the acting was good I really didn't think that the movie was all that it was cracked up to be. 

Storyline:  Brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale), along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Adams), is forced to work for a wild FBI agent named Richie DiMaso (Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey power-brokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. But it's Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Lawrence) who could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. - 

I will give all of the actors involved with this movie credit for playing their parts wonderfully. Bale, Adam and Cooper, are all great. I'm not a super huge fan of any of the three, but they are all really strong in this movie. Lawrence, for me, steals the show. I'm so glad that she is having such a great career, because she is truly one of those rare actresses that can play anything and make it feel like each part was made for her and her alone. Seriously, they were all great. 

One thing I continue to fail at grasping is why Jermey Renner continues to get parts in such great films. He's just not that strong of an actor (in my humble opinion). Not only is he not that strong, but he, as a person, seems to be really unlikable in almost every interview I have seen him in. People like Bruce Willis, who has been making movies for 30 years, can get away with that type of attitude. Someone who's career has only really reached the "big leagues" since 2008's Hurt Locker. So it miiiight be a little premature to become an insufferable jerk. 

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