Review: American Hustle

American hustle is the new film by David Russell. It stars Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and others. It is a delicious heist/con men movie, populated by characters that feel very real. One wonders, what a great movie this would have been if Russell had gone the entire way and made it only about the wonderful characters that he has created.

The movie is a fictionalized account of the ABSCAM incident that occured in America in the 70s. A covert operation to unearth corruption / scams by the FBI. We get to see this story through the eyes of two small time hustlers. The writing is superb and the acting is something special to behold. There are glimpses in the movie which allude to the eternal hustle of life that we lead. There is a strength of survival, a lust for life that is evident in the hustlers, there are lovely glimpses into the intricate plots that we/the characters weave inside while being confronted with the real choices in front of them. This finally is the strength of the movie. The glimpses that we get into human nature really.


As the movie ends, there is a bit of a clean wrap-up in terms of the plot, and somehow somewhere, the movie lost out on greatness. The ending could have elevated or messed it up, but in this movie, it ended up merely patching things up. A great movie to watch, but somewhere it lost out on memorability. Perhaps if we didn’t know who won in the end, it would have remained a hustle. Perhaps if we didn’t see every character attain his plot wise end, we would have made more connections than those that were presented to us. Perhaps.

However, some of the most delicious moments of acting can be savored, some beautiful characters can be watched through the course of this movie.

A lovely movie, ultimately forgettable perhaps, but still, worth a watch.



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