5 out of 5
American Hustle is a display of horrible fashion and great humour. There are plenty of things to see other than Amy Adam’s cleavage, as well as plenty of things to laugh about other than the men’s hideous hairdos.
It is a story of a couple, Irving and Sydney, who make livings out of conning people. Until one day, they get themselves under the mercy of an FBI agent named Richie DiMaso. Ambitious Richie wants to utilize them to bust a string of white collar crimes. But, Irving and Sydney still have few tricks left up on their sleeves.
American Hustle is purely entertaining and unpredictable. It’s quite rare for a Hollywood film to be mainstream and witty at the same time. It’s full of cynical humour, it feels like it’s almost British.
Christian Bale sheds all his sexiness with his bulging stomach and terrible toupee. Bradley Cooper gives better performance than Silver-Lining Playbook as Richie. He’s good as a low-level agent, desperate for a big brake. Jeremy Renner and his bouffant hair attract sympathy, playing a kind-hearted mayor who falls into crime without even knowing it.
The life of the film is truly in the leading ladies. Well, actually Amy Adams is the leading lady as Sydney. She gives a new approach to a cunning woman, wowing in her plunging neckline dresses and subtlety. Jennifer Lawrence is so good playing her character that you want to strangle her throughout the film. She is a real magnet on screen. I will root for this film at the Oscars.