Written December 26, 2013
This movie is focused on childish characterizations of low class fools. There's nothing redeeming about any of the characters, nor does any of the film seem to be realistic. It's not serious, nor is it a comedy. It's not funny, except for a few scenes and few words. The lead woman is attractive, but throughout the film she's ridiculously dressed: no bra, dress slit open to almost her belly button, boobs always half exposed -- provocative for sure, but unrealistic and inappropriate for the story. The camera technique of always focusing on her boobs was at first enjoyable, but soon seemed pretty childish, like most of the movie. All and all, this film is a big loser.
Written December 25, 2013
My family and I walked out. We tried to like it, but there seemed to be no plot; it was so slow when anything finally did start to happen. I did like the music. We went to see this thinking it would be a great movie just looking at the cast.
Written December 14, 2013
The actors are all flawless, except for some of the characterization of Bradley Cooper's character, and the plot has a bit of a dip. Otherwise, such an all-star cast, all phenomenal no matter what. MUST-SEE.
Written January 27, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and felt sympathy for all except the Jennifer Lawrence character. I wanted her husband to knock the crap out of her...and I'm against domestic violence. The turn about was so good and I was satisfied with the ending to the movie.
I would not take children to this movie, because of the F-bomb and the sexual intent. The acting was great Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper were excellent in each of their parts as were Amy Adams and jennifer Lawrence.
I just wish Irving had smacked Rosalyn JUST once!!!
Written January 28, 2014
I watch a lot of Scorsese movies, so perhaps that's why I had some trouble with David O. Russell's American Hustle. Russell takes the movie to the same places Scorsese takes his movies and they both pepper their films with great music to drive home the scene. Scorsese's scene in Goodfellas where he uses Eric Clapton's Layla, really enhances the tension. But in American Hustle, the music doesn't seem to give the scenes any oomph. The characters seem to fall short too. I felt like these were characters I'd seen before played by different actors. Christian Bale was unlikeable, which was the point, I mean I really hated his character and seeing him like that, but it was effective. Jeremy Renner was so-so and Bradley Cooper was over the top but not outstanding by any means. Jennifer Lawrence did a great job - not once did I think of her as Katniss. Amy Adams does a spectacular job. She gave a surprising performance. Still despite my issues, I still think it's a great movie.