AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013) : REVIEW
January 25, 2014
I don't wanna use the word "ambitious" for this movie, simply "bedazzling". Why? First, it's directed by David O. Russell. Remember that guy? Yes, the guy who brought you The Fighter and Silver Lining Playbook; Oscar cliché. Up, the expectation was, to 50%. Second, its line of actors. Elevated, the expectation was, to 75%. Third, came the word "Some of this actually happened." in the very first frame (well, that didn't elevate my expectation, simply others' mouth-to-mouth promotion, especially for those who somehow worshipped based-on-real-event work, even for the slightest one, and yes, the events were based on FBI's real-life ABSCAM operation in the late 70's). Last, but not least, came the 10 Academy Awards' Nominations for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Production Design, and Best Writing, Original Screenplay. Oh my .. up to 95%. So, how was it?