Movie Critic: Emily
Movie genre: Crime/Drama
Ontario Movie Rating: 14 A
Opening date: December 2013
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: David O. Russell
Tobacco use: Yes, countless impressions.
American Hustle is nominated for Best Picture (although it is not my pick), actor Christian Bale is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for this film and Amy Adams for Best Actress in a Leading Role, among other nominations.
Con artist, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), along with his partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is blackmailed into working for rogue FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) to bring down a string of crooked Politian’s and even the mafia.
The best part of this film was by far the all-star cast. The acting was amazing! The story was a bit slow moving and there wasn’t any particular character that you were rooting for because they were all villains in their own right. However it was exciting to watch the plot unfold and it had its moments of suspense and tension.
What was really disappointing about this film was the amount of tobacco use. Maybe the director was trying to capture the spirit of 70’s or perhaps illustrate the devious nature of the cast, but I feel the smoking was complete unnecessary. The amazing acting done by the entire cast was enough to develop any fictional character convincingly. And the costumes, the hairdos and the set were so well done that excessive tobacco use definitely wasn’t necessary to portray a feeling of 70’s New York. It was also really disappointing to see Jennifer Lawrence smoking throughout the entire film. She is obviously a huge role model to so many young people and it was a shame that she would agree to smoke so much in a youth rated film.
Overall this film was so well made and casted that it did not need tobacco. It did not add at all to the film or the acting.