This week we finally see the long awaited release of American Hustle
|"So, how do they look?"|
While its not nearly as good as a Scorsese piece, his influence is definitely felt all over American Hustle. From cinematography to soundtrack, this is the closest anyone has come to replicating the distinct feel of Casino or tones of Goodfellas without ever introducing gratuitous violence or a constant string of "F" bombs.
To call the film a masterpiece would be misguided and a possible misrepresentation of what Russell has accomplished with American Hustle. But to call it a great film would be a minor understatement. American Hustle is engaging and highly entertaining, but most of all its a piece of escapist cinema that takes you back to the 70's in every little detail. The costume design is phenomenal as the soundtrack will make you think you're ready to snort some blow before you head out to the disco.
|"There's one bullet in here. It's got|
Todd Phillips name on it. It's what
he gets for the Hangover III!"
The true standouts of the film are Adams and Lawrence. Each of them vanquish their franchise roles and truly push the boundaries of what we've seen them do in the past. Adams character is sexually charged and manipulative. Lawrence, in a role eerily reminiscent of Sharon Stone in Casino, is easy on the eyes but emotionally volatile, grating and highly annoying. Both leading ladies lead the charge of making this one of the strongest dramatic entries of 2013.
|"Where's the trigger?|
Where's the trigger?"
-Review by Chris George