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!