AMERICAN HUSTLE: THE REVIEW

It was a Kernel Date – long time Salty friends – Dara Shashoua and Andrew Brusentsev hit the red carpet together to attend the premiere, although the night before release, of AMERICAN HUSTLE – I need say little, it looks awesome, has ugly Batman, hideous permed Bradley Cooper and Goddess JLaw in it – this is all you must know – but for the stuff you need to know suss out Lady D’s review below – as an FYI – AMERICAN HUSTLE released today, is strangely rated M – I swore this would be MA and runs for 138mins – enjoy!!

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Röhm, American Hustle, American Hustle Review, Dara Shashoua, Andrew Brusentsev, Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, Film Review, Film Trailer
AMERICAN HUSTLE – OUR TWO HUSTLING KERNELS – DARA SHASHOUA AND ANDREW BRUSENTSEV

American Hustle has been on my radar for a while now so I jumped at the chance to go to the Sydney premiere with fellow Kernel and long time friend, Andrew.

David O Russell’s last three films have all been in my top movies of the years they were released. First, we had The Fighter in 2010, Silver Linings Playbook in early 2013 and now we have American Hustle.  All very different films, but have a recurring central character who is introduced as quite fractured, and it is through the film that we watch their journey of trying to fix their life which climaxes to an ending almost like a resurrection. I think Russell’s strength is that he strongly develops every character before he starts shooting and allows the actors to improvise a lot of the dialogue. The trust that Russell and his team have in each other is amazing and it translates into the film, everyone brings it.

 

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Röhm, American Hustle, American Hustle Review, Dara Shashoua, Andrew Brusentsev, Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, Film Review, Film Trailer
AMERICAN HUSTLE: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

American Hustle is about Irving Rosenfeld, played by a 40 pound heavier Christian Bale who also has an amazing comb over. Part of the opening scene shows exactly how one constructs the comb over, and it is quite the education. By day he runs a string of dry cleaners throughout New York, however 24 hours a day he is an ‘art dealer’ and con man, fleecing people of their money whenever he can. It is at a party that he meets Sydney Prosser, played by Amy Adams. They bond over a love of Duke Ellington and fall madly in love. Eventually he bares his soul and all of his business dealings to her, expecting her to leave, which she does. However, she then returns as Lady Edith Greenly, an English lady who has ties to London banking. They make an incredible team, both have come from very little and have a strong desire not only to survive but to succeed.

There is one rather large complication in their love affair, Irving has a wife, Rosalyn, played by Jennifer Lawrence and he has adopted her son, Danny. I had read somewhere that Lawrence steals every scene that she is in, and, its true.  This young lady simply shines and her character is difficult and crazy but it these qualities that become her genius. She spouts almost insane versions of the truth which by the end you are almost baffled by her brilliance.

 

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Röhm, American Hustle, American Hustle Review, Dara Shashoua, Andrew Brusentsev, Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, Film Review, Film Trailer
AMERICAN HUSTLE: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Irving and Sydney are ‘conned’ by an undercover FBI agent Richie DiMaso, played by Bradley Cooper. Before we go any further special mention must belong to Cooper’s hair, a very tightly wound perm which he does himself. Yes ladies, a perm. DiMaso almosts idolises Irving and Sydney (who is Lady Edith at this stage) and makes them work for him to con people so that he can bust them. It should be mentioned that American Hustle is a fictionalised telling of the ABSCAM scandal of the late 1970s through to early 80s. It was an FBI operation that began as an investigation of trafficking in stolen merchandise but after expanded into political corruption. DiMaso’s boss Stoddard Thorsen, played by Louis CK is loosely based upon a real agent, the two have a great chemistry with DiMaso constantly yelling demands at Stoddard as the operation requires more ruses as they travel further up the political chain.

The threesome made up of Irving, Lady Edith and DiMaso start with local mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), who has an amazing bouffant of hair. He is trying to access funding to restart Atlantic city. From here the con begins, and as Atlantic City involves gambling, then there is also the involvement of the Mafia, which includes a great cameo of who I won’t tell. I loved the surprise so I will leave it for you as well. I will leave the story here so as not to give anything else away.

 

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Röhm, American Hustle, American Hustle Review, Dara Shashoua, Andrew Brusentsev, Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, Film Review, Film Trailer
AMERICAN HUSTLE: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Every scene in American Hustle has so much subtle action, the plot twists and turns and I found myself constantly wondering how it will all end.  The attention to detail of the sets is outstanding and I could write for days on the wardrobe.  Amy Adams’ wardrobe is simply to die for and I predict a resurgence of 70s fashion coming soon, with lots of plunging necklines and oodles of side boob.  Every time Jennifer Lawrence is on screen you can’t help but smile.  The hair in American Hustle is out of control, we have beehives and tousled messes for the ladies but the men’s hair is just unlike anything I have ever seen before in a film.  In fact, it deserves its own award.

American Hustle is even more than the hype surrounding it. At times very subtle, but an excellent film. One suitable for a date night, or even with family. This will be huge come awards season. I believe it will go down as a classic, to be watched over and over again.

 KERNEL DARA’S POP SCORE:

4 and a Half Pops

KERNEL CLAIRE’S POP SCORE:

3 Pops

KERNEL BEN’S POP SCORE:

3 and a Half Pops

KERNEL NICK’S POP SCORE:

3 and a Half Pops

KERNEL JOHN’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

KERNEL ADAM’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops