Critic’s Corner: American Hustle

Although the 2014 Golden Globe Best Comedy, “American Hustle” released during winter break, I only managed to watch it in theaters this past weekend.

The film had my eyes glued to the screen with an all-star cast featuring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Robert DeNiro.

It was certainly a surprise to see Christian Bale in this film in comparison to the “Batman” movies, as he managed to put on a lot of weight for his role. However the entire cast dazzled the screen and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few Oscar nominations headed their way.

The film features a married conman in New Jersey who meets a very intelligent woman and begins an affair. He brings this new partner into the affairs of his risky business practices. Eventually their plan is discovered by the FBI and consequently, the con duo must assist the FBI in catching similar perpetrators. The FBI agent, played by Cooper, looks to take down corrupt political figures, leading to dangerous situations featuring powerbrokers and the mafia.

The movie includes a love triangle and I must say it is difficult to interpret. The characters’ emotions throughout the film will constantly have you rethinking what is going on through their minds and you will be forced to ask yourself what is real and what isn’t.

Lawrence doesn’t get as much screen time as the rest of the big names from the film but her character is by far one of the best. Her character has a crazy edge and she provides a few laughs.

But aside from the keep-you-guessing story and the amazing cast, the movie does a good job of depicting the world of ‘70s New Jersey through the styles of clothing, Cooper’s mini fro and Bale’s elaborate comb-over.

It may also be important to note that according to the opening credits, “some of this stuff actually happened.”