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Thursday 12 December 2013

'American Hustle': REVIEW and clip

At the tail end of 2013, 'American Hustle' must be deemed one of the most excitng, engaging movies of the year. And it'll start to garner a swag of award noms. The SAGS and Golden Globes have already given it several nods.

The movie's sheer star power is enough to draw you in... the script, impeccable acting, and flawless direction (by David O. Russell, who directed 'Silver Linings Playbook') is enough to keep you there.

The unexpectedly genuinely funny moments - many delivered beautifully by Jennifer Lawrence - are so good, so clever. About halfway through, I was thinking: where's Jennifer? I thought she had more screen time/presence. Don't worry... she makes up for it in the second half. Here she is in one of the movie posters:

And there's good reason there's so much buzz surrounding JLaw... she's exceptional, and a real firecracker on screen as she is off.

Some of the lines she gets to deliver - and own - are fantastic. Like this one, to Amy Adams (positively magnetic on screen, in every frame), who plays the mistress to JLaw's onscreen husband, played brilliantly by a beefed up Christian Bale:

"Sometimes all you have in life are fucked up, poisonous choices." She says to Adams's character, before planting a passionate kiss. In a public toilet. After blasting her for sleeping with her husband.Of course.

On her volatile relationship with Bale's character, she yells at him: "We fight and we fuck, that's what we do, that's our thing!"

Another stellar moment - the introduction of this new product called a 'microwave'... What she does to this 'scientific' machine is rather hilarious.

From a fashion perspective, the 1970s crochet cut-out one piece swimming costume was created... by an Aussie! Fashion designer Lisa Maree Boersma, from Bondiwas the brains behind this 1970s replica swimsuit. Here it is:

Another notable mention: Bradley Cooper's permed hairdo. In some scenes, it features with those tiny perm hair curlers firmly in place. Zexy.

But seriously, Bradley flexes his some serious acting muscle, as does Jeremy Renner and Robert De Niro. If Bradley doesn't get an awards nom, I'll eat my hat.

Here is the trailer for the movie, which is a story about a con artist (Bale) and his partner in crime (Adams) who were forced to work with a federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians - especially a mayor of the New Jersey precinct (Renner):

For more on the film, including movie posters, click here.

'American Hustle' opens in Australia on December 12, 2013.

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