American Hustle

Emily Chudzik, Staff Writer

“American Hustle” is loosely based on a real government scandal that happened in the 1970s. This fictional world contains a powerhouse cast and a fast-paced plot.

It stars Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, an experienced con man, and Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser, aka Lady Edith Greensly, his fake British partner. They are quite successful in their cons until they are caught by FBI agent Richie DiMaso, played by Bradley Cooper. In order to stay out of jail, Irving and Sydney have to act as bait to help the FBI catch four similar con artists. They formulate a plan and decide to lure in corrupt government officials as well. One of the main officials they attempt to go after is New Jersey mayor, Carmine Polito, played by Jeremy Renner.

There are a number of obstacles along the way, including Irving’s unpredictable wife, Rosalyn, played by Jennifer Lawrence. There are a few twists and turns along the way, and some characters completely change throughout the film.

Since it is set in the ‘70s, the style is extremely gaudy and over the top. The very first time the audience sees Irving, he is masterfully fixing his ridiculous comb-over. Agent DiMaso puts tiny curlers in his hair, and Sydney consistently wears gowns with plunging necklines. Yet, it is more than just poking fun at the crazy fashion choices of the time period. These are all representative of how the characters are unhappy with their lives and who they are, so they attempt to conceal that by trying to be someone they’re not.

While this movie is technically categorized as crime and drama, there are certainly comedic elements as well. The character of Rosalyn is perhaps one of the most outrageous and hilarious parts of the film. She helps to lighten up an otherwise serious situation. There are a number of emotional and serious moments in this movie that makes it appear as if there is more to the story than meets the eye. “American Hustle” truly makes audience members think, even amidst all the distracting glitz and glamour.

Although the world is highly sensationalized and out there, it’s still very imaginable. Even though it’s set in the 1970s, it’s still relatable. The characters still go through some very universal events that still apply to today. Their situations may be somewhat fictionalized, and their emotions overdramatized, but in the end, they are still completely relatable and even believable. “American Hustle” is certainly a crowd pleaser, while also being thoroughly entertaining.