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American Hustle Review: Hustling for an Oscar Award

American Hustle is too preoccupied with being an Oscar-bait than offering an enjoyable crime film worthy of its cast.

American Hustle is an entertaining redemption of a pot-bellied small-time con man with an elaborate comb-over who gets cornered into working with an over eager cop. The period details are endearing.

However, as the film progresses, it’s evident that American Hustle is a mildly successful con – a potentially huge score that’s ruined by a poorly executed and muddled plot.

American Hustle is too distracted from trying to be an Oscar-bait. The film is more concerned with throwing in an ensemble of crooks and the personal complications of its characters. The plot gets more convoluted as the movie progresses.

The Oscar-friendly ensemble cast is decent, but only the female leads stand out. Amy Adams gave the film some emotional depth, while Jennifer Lawrence is amusing. The male leads pull off their usual tricks that get forgotten within the film’s murky plot – Christian Bale acting through a physical transformation and Bradley Copper playing another likable douchebag.

As the film wraps up and the audience is reminded that there’s actually a hustle in here somewhere, American Hustle grinds to a halt with an anti-climactic con job. If you strip away all the hype you’ve seen this all before: a  zany cast of characters all pulled into what started out as a simple deal that escalated into a fatal engagement.

In the end, the audience has to settle with average returns.

American Hustle

7

American Hustle is too preoccupied with being an Oscar-bait than offering an enjoyable crime film worthy of its cast. 

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