Quick Film Guide – American Hustle (David O. Russell, 2013)

American Hustle
Directed by David O. Russell
USA

After getting caught red-handed, a con man and his seductive partner are forced to collaborate with an FBI man in an investigation that involves corrupt politicians, Jersey’s powerbrokers and the mafia.

American Hustle takes place in the ’70s, during the time of post-disco and flashy, colorful clothes – the perfect setting and background to the ludicrousness, imperfections and almost comical childishness of organized crime that the film indulges in. However, despite the coating of satire and black comedy, the melodrama that runs through its plot and the many intricate romantic storylines add intensity to it all and that, in the end, is what really lights it up.

David O. Russell’s stylish and frantic pace is openly inspired by that of earlier Martin Scorsese films. The elaborate cinematography inevitably recalls films like Goodfellas and Casino. A top-rate cast featuring some of the biggest and most respected movie stars of the time – Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence and a show-stealing Amy Adams – completes the picture of a top-rate production.

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