Film Review: American Hustle

Plunging necklines, combovers and unexpected plot twists catapults this new film to the top of our must-see list.

American Hustle tells the story of the mastermind con artist Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his seductive partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) as they are forced to work a political scandal for hothead FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).

What truly makes this movie is the 1970’s setting, allowing for the color-wonderful, disco-risqué escapades that define the atmosphere of the film.

The soundtrack–to die for. Genuine boogie tracks set to slow motion shots of the glittery group donning sunglasses and smirks, transporting us to a time of sex, scandal and luxury.

The wardrobe alone is gasp-worthy in the best way possible. Amy Adams’ look consists of ample sideboob, luxurious fur coats and fiery red curls, adequately portraying her as the cunning and sexy Bonnie to Rosenfeld’s Clyde.

Jennifer Lawrence dominates the role of Rosenfeld’s erratic, alcoholic, stay-at-home housewife. Setting things on fire both literally and figuratively, Rosalyn is a whirlwind of life and energy in the film–commanding attention in every scene with her blonde hair stacked and curled high on top of her head.

American Hustle’s life and death stakes paired with raw emotion and a killer cast makes for an excellent movie experience. In an era when scandal reigned and permed hair was a necessity, this intoxicating disco-con flick screams for recognition, placing the film into a category of its own.

Our Rating: Two very enthusiastic thumbs up followed by a boogie nights arm sashay.


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