Movie review: American Hustle

Megan Kaiser – Staff Writer

I did not see one single film in a movie theatre over break. I don’t know if that really puts myself under a bright light for being a digital media major, but you didn’t hear it from me. Setting that aside, I did see American Hustle the week we all re-gathered here upon Dordt’s studious campus, and, well, I didn’t quite know what to expect.

If you haven’t seen American Hustle yet, or aren’t planning too, I should probably give a brief summary of how this movie goes down. Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser are two con-men (con-man and con-woman?) that end up working for FBI agent Richie DeMaso. DeMaso wants to bring down a loved political man named Carmine Polito. They get deep into the world of powerbrokers and start dealing with members of the mafia. It just sounds like a lot of trouble that could potentially make your gut ache.

There is quite a star lineup as well. Amy Adams plays Sydney Prosser, Bradley Cooper plays Richie DeMaso, Jeremy Renner plays Carmine Polito, and Christian Bale plays Irving Rosenfeld.

Personally, I cannot stand Christian Bale. All I can ever think of is, “I’m Batman.” Nothing more. Nothing less. Don’t set my GPS destination for Gotham City. Even though Christian Bale may grind my gears, I decided to do some searching. Lo and behold I found that he was the voice of Thomas in the movie Pocahontas. First off, I’ve never seen Pocahontas so please continue to ask me how I’ve survived up to this point in my life, and two, WHAT. Literally all of this is beside the point.

The headliner here is that I have a newfound respect for Christian Bale. He is hardly recognizable in American Hustle. He completely transformed himself into this skeevy dude with an excessively bad toupee. He gained 43 pounds for the role, took on a heavy Jersey accent, and by-golly did a fabulous job.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times he stated, “I discovered that I put on weight like Santa Claus. I just get this belly that kind of extends out. I still have not been able to put on jeans.” That’s a huge contrast to his film The Fighter, where he lost an extensive amount of weight for his role. Plus there’s his stature in the all of the Batman films. I almost feel bad for neglecting how much turmoil Christian Bale has endured for the sake of the film industry.

Now to remind you, this film is rated R for language, sexual content, and a ridiculous amount of deep V’s that Amy Adams incorporates into every single outfit that she wears. Do I also need to remind you that Jennifer Lawrence is in the film? Oh of course… NOW you want to go. I will give her this; she was funny. When is she not funny? Oh. Right. The Hunger Games. The 1970’s feel simply oozed out of the screen onto the floor and I loved it. The film is pretty long, but if you’re that immersed in it, you won’t even notice the length. I felt the film may have been a bit shallow and some scenes were really drawn out. On the positive side, a solid bromance is formed, the performances were astounding, and Bradley Cooper has weird permed hair. Again, this is all my opinion, so maybe you should go see it for yourself. If none of that floats your boat, just please go to see the first scene of the film…

And Bradley Cooper’s hair.

You will thank me later.

But probably not.

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