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American Hustle: Hustling the Oscars?

By Molly Lyon

There seems to be a film that comes around frequently with an all-star cast, filled with the promise of an amazing cinematic experience, but do they necessarily always work that way?

The phenomenon of Hollywood “stars” is what sells the majority of films in this current climate. People with zero interest in business and exploitation are flocking to see The Wolf of Wall Street solely for Leonardo DiCaprio’s cheeky face. And people are going to view what looks like another cheesy rom-com just to feast their eyes on Zac Efron in That Awkward Moment.

I went to see American Hustle after the little fashion elf living in my brain convinced me to go, I thought: “Tacky 70’s fashion AND Christian Bale? I’m so there.” Also, I couldn’t really take my Nan to The Wolf of Wall Street after hearing about the sex scenes and constant swearing. I didn’t fancy sharing that experience with her! So, I picked American Hustle and was full of hope. However, I left the screening feeling reasonably disappointed, following the hype surrounding the film.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it is a bad film; it is just more along the lines of “okay.” Given the director, David O’Russell, has two brilliant films under his belt already, in the form of The Fighter and the other Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence spectacle, Silver Linings Playbook, expectations are held pretty high.

The ending, which I obviously cannot give away, was quite clever, and the plot twist was just what the film needed to get it out of the needless 30 minute slump from around the one hour mark.

I found Amy Adams’ acting to be weak, and I’m beyond surprised she’s up for the Best Actress Oscar, as I’m pretty sure if I had a pound for every time she dropped her accent I would have left the cinema with my ticket price back.

The premise was there, the idea was fantastic, most of the cast were brilliant, but I think the highlights of this film for me were the hair, make-up and costume. Needless to say, Christian Bale’s comb-over and Bradley Cooper’s teeny tiny rollers were hysterical.

So, if you’re finding yourself desperate for something to watch at the cinema, give it a go, but don’t be expecting something which is going to jump into your favourite films list, it probably isn’t that memorable.


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