Why the Movie “American Hustle” Is A Box-Office Hit: It Is True to Life. People Do Believe What They Want to Believe. Here Is A Short Movie Review of “American Hustle” – that doesn’t reveal the secrets of the movie – by Gary S. Smolker (December 20, 2013)
American Hustle is a parody – told with great wit and verve – showing con men, with various skill sets, preying on their prey.
All the characters in this movie are believable because they are so well cast, because they are expertly directed and because their acting is impeccable.
The script captures the essence of the era being portrayed as does the story being told, the costuming, hair and make-up.
I salute Jennifer Lawrence’s skill in portraying the wife of a philandering husband.
The philandering husband (played by Christian Bale) is the world’s greatest con man in the world, but cannot resist being manipulated by his wife (Jennifer Lawrence).
In a movie full of stars, Jennifer Lawrence steals the show because she plays a complex mysterious character well.
You think you understand her. But as the movie progresses, she does things which surprise her husband and surprise you.
You can’t get her out of your mind.
You want to know what she will do next.
Robert De Niro plays the part of a powerful gangster so well, you believe you are in the presence of the most powerful and sinister gangster in the world even though you know you are just sitting in a movie theater watching him perform on a movie screen in front of you.
The movie is true to life and true to itself.
As the movie progresses life throws a curve ball to each of the characters time after time and you keep on thinking (to yourself): a huh, a huh, that is the way life really is.
To see genius at work, see American Hustle.
(c) Copyright 2013 by Gary S. Smolker