I didn’t really have a plan for today’s review, because a. I’ve got a very busy day ahead and b. All of my recent reads already have reviews up. So I thought I would add to our movie reviews page, which currently hold only one other review –I’m going to review American Hustle.
I saw this movie a few days after the UK release for two simple reasons – Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper [Also, my dad wanted to see Robert De Niro, but that kind of kills my bradlifer vibe]. American Hustle is also directed by the amazing David O’Russell, so the whole thing felt like a silver-linings playbook cast reunion [David also directed silver-linings]. The additions of Christian Bale and Amy Adams made the film even more enjoyable and I have since fallen in love with both actors.
The movie was released on the 20th December 2013, therefore ‘Im probably a little late on putting this up; however the dvd came out recently, so I guess it is relevant. The movie starts off in a very interesting place, one certain to hook viewers –a shirtless Christian Bale putting on a false comb-over. Then we meet Richie [Bradley Cooper] and Sydney [Amy Adams], both of whom also make an ‘interesting’ entrance. To sum it up, the acting is perfect and every single cast member is perfect.
American Hustle is rated 15, due to mild violence and sexual content. My friend and I are not fifteen, however managed to get in and, honestly, I don’t think the movie was too bad. There was brief ‘sexual content’, but it’s nothing we haven’t all seen or heard before, and each scene lasted no more than a few seconds. As for violence – we’ve all seen children fight to the death, so I highly doubt a vase over the head is too much to handle.
I did, however, feel as though the movie dragged on at times. My father, on the other hand, completely disagreed, so I think it might have something to do with the fact that my friend and I were too young to fully understand certain events. Despite this, the humour was amazing, as were the emotions displayed. This might be biased, but when Jennifer cried, I also cried.
In conclusion, I recommend American Hustle to anyone wishing to see the following: Jennifer Lawrence dancing/’head-banging’ around a kitchen, Bradley Cooper wearing hair rollers, Christian Bale shirtless and with a comb-over and finally, Jennifer Lawrence kissing Amy Adams. If you are, like me, under the age of fifteen, then please get permission – I would hate to be the reason for anyone getting in trouble, etc.
I rate this movie 7/10, based purely on the fact that it had me laughing, crying and in awe; however did drag on for a little too long. It was also rewarded 4 ½ stars on the world-famous site, Rotten Tomatoes.
Thanks for reading!