American Hustle – 3 out of 5
This film has been on my “Must See” list since it hit the theaters but for one reason or another (usually ninjas trying to set off a nuclear bomb-based reasons) kept me from getting to view it. However, thanks to the miracle called “home media,” I finally got to watch it and…I was a little underwhelmed by it all.
|Cooper can make a man in curlers look badass and manly.|
|Work it...work it.|
|He ran on a platform of no Chitauri invasions.|
I really enjoy David O. Russell’s films (even though he has a reputation for having a temper that resulted in George Clooney kicking his ass and just being all around insane), so with I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook dancing in my skull alongside all the praise the film was getting from cinephiles and movie critics, I think I might have oversold myself with this one and expected more than what I was getting. The critics told me the film was overloaded with energy and was “uproarious” with its humor and the performances were fantastic, so I sat down thinking this was going to be a film that was sure to get my perfect score and I was going to go crazy over it…that never happened.
|Lawrence will never be an attractive crier.|
|I'm fairly certain Bobbie just showed up on set and demanded a role.|
|At this point, I want to remind you all that he is a talking raccoon|
in Guardians of the Galaxy. If that isn't awesome, I don't know
|You either love Louis CK or you're wrong.|
The real killer for American Hustle for me, and what kept it from being something as special as my expectations made me think it was going to be, was the fact the film’s story and plot tend to drag and feel like it is going somewhere but going somewhere extremely slowly. I didn’t think the film was boring or uninteresting but the story is unfurled at such a pace that I literally felt every second of the two hours and change running time. Even though I was sucked into the performances and was digging the epic classic soundtrack, the film just felt like it was moving too slowly for me. I wasn’t expecting a fast and flashy film but, at the very least, I wanted something that didn’t make it feel like two hours were trudging by.
|Amy Adams just screams class. Not me, though. I was picking my nose while I typed that.|
For me, American Hustle was just a decent, alright film. I loved the music, I liked the premise, I was enamored (I never use that word) with the cast and their performances were immaculate (another word I never use); however, I just couldn’t get sucked into the slowly unfolding plot to the point it didn’t feel like the seconds were slowly ticking away. While not a bad film, it just proved to be not a film I could get completely into.
|I'm sorry, Bale. I'm sorry I didn't give it a better score.|