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By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014. Revised 9th January 2014 Revised 19th January 2014
REVIEW: "AMERICAN HUSTLE" by Jayne Waterford

Could have sworn this was a Martin Scorsese film o it's so good. It was like real! And my prime confusion? De Niro. Do you remember when he got to the end of Scorsese's "CASINO" (1995) and Mr. Rothstein (De Niro) is sitting at a card table, aged and completely transformed by the biggest frames on any pair of glasses I had ever seen? Glasses work their magic on his face once again.

Where does the detail stop? Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner)'s character's suit isn't only vintage, it's dusty. Mrs. Irving Rosenfeld (Jennifer Lawrence)'s isn't only dumb. The scene between Irving and Rosalyn working out their marriage is priceless and played with such weight no one in either of the sessions I attended laughed. I mean she's, "always interesting."

Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams)' boobies have their own pay check. Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper)'s hair is as bad as Irving's. And finally Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) deserves to win his actor an Oscar® for he takes everything considered by Hollywood to mark the time and goes further. Bale executes these foibles with such gravitas we dare not laugh at him.

The most sardonic angel sown into the fabric of this

picture was perhaps the value of friendship.

The music was interesting like all of the gentlest B tracks of every great song from New York gangland's formative years.

Other priceless moments include: when Rosalyn turns Sydney, when Sydney tells Richie, "no more fake," in her British accent, when Richie shows us how much he is turned on by Sydney, when Richie's supervisor parents him but it all goes bad, when Tellegio (de Niro) breaks out in Arabic, when Carmine and Irving enjoy their manly sing-a-long to Tom Jones' 'Delilah,' when Alessandro Nivola plays Anthony Amado. He was excellent.

The thing is David O. Russell's "AMERICAN HUSTLE" (2013) really does not feel like a comedy. It feels like an extremely serious satire. We may laugh at peacocks, all dressed up the wigs and suits when they preen before each other but we don't.

9/10 But only because it left me a little cold. Wvwvwvwvw...

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2014.

David O. Russell's
Director David O. Russell
Producers Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle
Music Danny Elfman
Stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner
Release Date 12th December 2013
Category Period Thriller
Running Time 138 minutes (2 hours, 18 minutes)
Rating M - Frequent coarse language
Origin America
Awards Maybe: GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Amy Adams, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Bradley Cooper, Best Director - Motion Picture David O. Russell, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Eric Warren Singer and David O.Russell
Coda No
Distributor Roadshow Films
Official Blurb "A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, "AMERICAN HUSTLE" tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).

DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.

Like David O. Russell's previous films, "AMERICAN

HUSTLE" defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes." - Roadshow Films PR