Posted by Alyssa
I’m sure you don’t know, so I’m going to tell you… Christmas of this year features a very impressive cast in a movie that has Oscar bait written all over it. Do you know what that movie is?
The answer… American Hustle starring Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Robert De Niro, and Michael Peña. Seeing as how almost all of the cast (with the exception of Michael Peña, but you just wait) has been either nominated or won an Academy Award, this is the type of movie that is guaranteed to be entertaining and valuable during award season.
The fact that Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro are reunited with their director David O. Russell after the successful Silver Linings Playbook is exciting enough. However, this movie also reunites Amy Adams and Christian Bale (who worked together on The Fighter with David O. Russell). It is like combining two brilliant casts in one movie.
The plot: A con man (Bale) with his British partner (and lover) (Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, who does not play by the rules (Cooper). This agent pushes the con man and his partner into a world of crime and corruption littered with New Jersey powerbrokers and the mafia. It is a dangerous, yet seductive world that the two find difficult to get away from. Meanwhile, a passionate political operator (Renner) is playing for both sides. And the con man’s wife (Lawrence) is threatening to bring the whole world to the ground.
Beside the fact that the story is intriguing and the cast is top-notch, it is a period piece set in New Jersey. Expect awful haircuts and bad suits because that is what there will be.