American Hustle (2013)


I’ve been wanting to see this movie for quite some time now. I finally got to watch this and I have to admit that I was impressed with the product. The film was directed by David O. Russell and it has an amazing all-star cast: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner.

The plot focuses on Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) who is a brilliant con artist who has made a lot of money with his scams. Irving goes on to meet Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) who is tired of her job and decides to join forces with Irving in the con artist business. They fall in love together, but their relationship is somewhat strained thanks to Irving’s wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence). Irving wants to divorce Rosalyn, but can’t due to her son, which he adopted. Irving and Sydney attempt to scam Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), but he foils their plot and he forces them to help him bring down the mafia and the politicians who make deals with the mafia for profits. DiMaso hatches a plan to get Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) involved in his plot to bring him down, though Polito has not done anything wrong. Polito is a very innocent man who just wants to do his best for the state of New Jersey. DiMaso just wants to bring down as many politicians as he can. While Irving and Sydney are working for DiMaso, Sydney doesn’t want to have anything to do with Irving until he is done with his wife for good. Sydney starts to fall in love with DiMaso and it begins to bother Irving who really cares for Sydney. DiMaso hatches a plan to make Polito take a suitcase full of money, but ruins it by being awkward in his manner. Polito leaves, but thanks to Irving’s convincing, he gets Polito back involved. The trio of Sydney, DiMaso, and Irving convince Polito that a sheik will be coming from Abu Dhabi to talk about making a deal to give money to fund New Jersey. DiMaso sets up a huge get-together between Polito, the mafia, and some politicians. Irving brings his wife along as his date and Rosalyn becomes the star of the show by going to speak with some of the members of the mafia that are there. Rosalyn acts out and ignores Irving completely. Sydney sees what Irving is dealing with from Rosalyn and she has a change of heart. After the huge meeting, Polito is going to get the money for the city as the politicians make a deal to take huge amounts of money with a deal with the mafia. The mafia’s leader (played by Robert De Niro) isn’t too fond of Irving and Irving realizes that if this operation doesn’t go successfully, then he will probably be killed. Sydney and Irving get back together and they know that they have to pull off a huge plan for Irving to survive and not for him to be killed or any of his family. Irving and Sydney with DiMaso do catch some politicians including Polito taking bribes, but Irving and Sydney also find a way to leave no trace of money to themselves and find a way to get themselves set free. They con DiMaso and DiMaso says that he will tell, but Irving points out that it wouldn’t make him look too smart saying he was conned by the con artists that he hired. Irving and Sydney also get a reduced sentence for Polito, who never wanted to be involved in any of the mess created. Irving and Rosalyn get a divorce. Irving goes on to marry Sydney and gains joint custody of his son with Rosalyn.

The film’s story is great, but it sometimes feels as if it’s dragging along. Everything in the plot is well-planned out though. The character of Irving was my favorite as Bale makes him someone to care for even though he is a con artist. Seeing Irving’s struggle with his wife and wanting to be with Sydney, makes you feel favoritism towards him. All of the performances were great by each actor. The film does have a little bit of humor to it. I really enjoyed the part where DiMaso messes up Irving’s hair and Irving’s reaction. Christian Bale played it so well that I thought that he might morph into Batman eventually. In the end, American Hustle is a great film that may seem draggy, but worth watching.


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