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Sodas & Popcorn – Movie Review: American Hustle



Directed by:David O. Russell (The fighter, Silver lining Playbook, Three Kings).
Written by:Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell.
Principal Actors: Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, The Fighter), Bradley Cooper (Limitless, Silver-Lining Playbook, The Place Beyond the Pines), Amy Adams (Man of Steel, The Fighter, Her), Jennifer Lawrence (X-men: First Class, X-men: Days of Future Past, The Hunger Games, Silver-Lining Playbook)

The Synopsis
Everyone Hustles to Survive
Step into one of 70’s biggest scams to rock the US showcasing the world of con-men & women, wild FBI agents, a corrupt city mayor, scams, drugs and lots and lots of cleavage. (Yes, we are talking to you Amy Adams). American Hustle tells the story of Irving Rosenfield who teams up with the seductive con-lady Sydney Prosser who significantly improves Irving cons.

Irving & Sydney get caught in a failed loan scam by a wild FBI agent Richard DiMaso and are promised a clean slate if they can help DiMaso get 4 additional high profiled arrests.

The Script
Like the prologue states ‘Some of this actually happened’. But as expected from David O. Russell, a lot of it has been twisted and turned into a comedic masterpiece. The fan favourite and talented writer/director seems to be having the decade of his life with all projects he has laid his hands on in the last 5 years earning him Oscar nominations.

The relatively unknown screenwriter Eric Warren Singer first penned down a script titled American Bullshit before being joined by David Russell and the title was changed to American Hustle and given one of the most interesting character development and dialogue themed movies of 2013 with most of the characters written exclusively for the actors and the actresses. The dialogues were funny, intelligent and a lot of them improvised. That goes to show the amount of talent packed into the movie. It’s like the Avengers of Rom-Crime-Comedies

The Directing
After watching this movie, I have come to two conclusions about David O. Russell from his works in the past 2 years.

One, like all of us, I think he has a soft spot for Jennifer Lawrence (and basically everyone else in this movie) and likes giving her key roles in his movies as we have seen here and in Silver Linings Playbook.

And secondly, he loves releasing his movies during the awards season. The man sure loves having some gold statues in his closet. But don’t get me wrong, this is not to take any credit away from Mr. Russell, he’s a pretty awesome director and one of the most artistic of our time. The artistic 70’s direction of this movie was a joy to behold, the cast being one of the best of 2013 and the makeup and hair styling which was shamefully ignored by the Academy Awards board in the category for best makeup and hair styling being original and impressive (even Robert Deniro didn’t recognize bale on the set, he had to ask who he was several times from Director David O. Russell).

But thankfully, it did land the nomination for best costume design, best directing, best picture, and 7 other nominations making this the second David O. Russell movie in a row to be nominated in all 4 acting categories.

This is one of the best movies from 2013 and a couple of awards await at the Oscars next month

The Acting
What adjective can be used to describe the cast in this movie other than impeccable, invigorating and to a large extent refreshingly different.

For me Jennifer Lawrence as always, showed why she’s one of Hollywood’s most talked about actresses, that is not to say Amy Adams role as Sydney Proser wasn’t a joy to watch and equally revealing (we might just be talking about her cleavage, you never can tell)…both ladies were irresistible.

Christain Bale and Bradley Cooper also came to the party with pure acting prowess.

Like most of David O. Russell’s films you could feel the raw emotions flowing and each cast having a great time giving nothing but top notch acting. Christain Bale needs to slow down with the physical transformation he undergoes in his movies though. This is the 4th time he is either loosing or gaining some major weight. Here he gains 40 pounds.

Most of the characters were developed specially for the actors and based on David Russell’s working with many of them previously that most likely promoted their chemistry.

It’s a Popcorn & Soda from us here at S&P HQ.

Even with its 2 hours 20 minutes length you’re still fully entertained. But if you’re not attentive enough you just might lose sight of the beauty behind this great piece.

So, have you seen it and what do you think about the movie? Do let us know in the comments box below. This review was brought to you by We Watch Movies So You (Don’t) Have To.

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  1. Meee

    February 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Is this out in Nigerian cinemas?

  2. Mama Mia!!!

    February 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    wanna see this movie so bad, infact, all the Oscar buzzed movies this year…

  3. wanday

    February 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    @ mamma mia. Yea all d oscar nominated movies this year look really gud from d trailer

  4. Raindrops

    February 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Saw this movie this past weekend, I failed to see what the buzz was all about. The film could have been wrapped up in 90 minutes, I’ll give it 6/10

  5. Anon

    February 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Oscar worthy. To me, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams were the stand out characters.

  6. Omolola

    February 12, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Raindrops I concur. I think it was/is seriously overhyped. I wasn’t too impressed and too looong I my opinion. But I like Amy Adams role

  7. Middy O

    February 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Didn’t like the movie at all! Waste of my precious time!

  8. zeenie

    February 12, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    i think it was an okay movie and not worth the hype

  9. temtem

    February 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Sigh!!!! where do I begin to review or critique this movie??? Oscar nominated??? Oh puleazeeeeeeee! Ok I was so hyped that this movie had a few of my fav actors: Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams…def not a fan of Jennifer Lawrence and she’s not on my list of greatest actors of our generation…dat’s for sure!
    American Hustle def portrayed how con artists roll in America, acting was on point but the movie lacked a plot and was def wayyyyyyy long! will rate this movie 4/10
    I slept and woke up and was so relieved that it had ended…I feel ripped off!!!!!!!!!

    Please if you haven’t seen American Hustle, don’t bother wasting your money at the movies…just wait until it comes on DVD or better still, download for free online somewhere, if you really wanna satisfy your curiousity!

  10. dr gbaks

    February 12, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Just like most people have commented: definitely over hyped and not worth your cinema tickets.
    I was really disappointed. 10 nominations! Kilode! Not worth it in my opinion.

  11. Duvy

    February 13, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Yay! Sodas and Popcorn, I talk about your blog a lot. Nice one and definitely one of my favs. This movie, though was overhyped. I agree with the Jennifer bit though, she was a delight to watch all the way.

  12. ebony

    February 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    yikes! it wasnt interesting at all.. the guy who gummed hair to his bald spot was funny tho!

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