Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence
Directed by David O. Russell
American Hustle is a pert and preposterous caper. Much like Silver Linings Playbook, it is peopled with outrageous, flamboyant characters brought alive by a delightfully kooky ensemble. The scene, however, shifts from the family to the world of crime—of frauds and fakes. Yet, at its core, American Hustle is about dysfunctional people conning their way through life. It’s about the games people play. It is about love, real as well as delusional, that manages to survive in a world where everyone is out to rip off the other. Set in late ’70s New York, the film has Christian Bale and Amy Adams as two con artists forced to join hands with FBI agent Bradley Cooper in doing a sting on politicians. The fun lies in the tale’s telling. Voiceovers, which can get irksome, are put to great use by Russell. At the start you have a wonderful display of man’s vanity: the shockingly pot-bellied Bale fixing his hair. He is in bad shape, yet confident. Adams is delicious as the go-getter girlfriend and Lawrence the anxiety-prone wife. There are some insanely cheeky sequences, capped by an insane sheikh in a casino. The ’70s comes alive in its boisterous flashiness too! The soundtrack stays beautifully in tune. A fun ride!
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
David O Russell again delivers. American Hustle is a very satisfying, at times brilliant, satire. One of my top 5 for 2013. Jennifer Lawrence is splendid.
Anwaar-ji , I do agree with you atleast on this count ... Superb film, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence are great, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale inspite of their stunning performances are pale in comparison .... Amy Adams, Oh My God !!! Splendid acting and beautiful .. stunning !!
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