Critics' Corner: American Hustle

David O. Russell just sounds like one of those 1970s directors, or maybe itâ??s David O. Selznick Iâ??m thinking about, who was a great producer in the 30s and 40s of many Hitchcock films, "King Kong" and most notably "Gone with the Wind". So David O. Russell really doesnâ??t compare to Selznick other than the similarity of name and the fact that the big â??Oâ?? in the middle seems to signify an association with quality films and Oscar nominated and winning films.

Russell has been flirting with Oscar trophies for 3-years now. First he directed "The Fighter", then "Silver Linings Playbook" and now he will most certainly be nominated for a third time for "American Hustle". He may not win again, but it would be a safe bet that at least one of the actors he cast in "Hustle" will walk away with trophy. While Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner were all outstanding in their performances, Iâ??d have to admit, it was Jennifer Lawrence that plays the smaller role in the film and steals the scene every time she appears.

"American Hustle" is a throwback to when films about heists, swindles and double-crosses were the talk of the town. Itâ??s the kind of film that tests your true love for cinema. As the film plays out and we swirl around in Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Adams) a.k.a Lady Edith Greenslyâ??s worlds, itâ??s like a test of patience. Irving and Sydney find themselves getting deeper and deeper into trouble and the movie is exhausting with the banter, plots and plans. Your head will be literally spinning just hoping to keep up with their mess. While it was slow moving and littered with a barrage of oncoming information, itâ??s exactly how you should feel watching the film, because it is exactly what Irving and Sydney are dealing with.

"Hustle" is a dance along the fine line that is right and wrong; survival and ruin. It is exactly what happens when a script, that should be nominated for an Oscar by the way, can either be mundane and boring or lifted above that by the performers of the roles. The performers in "American Hustle" do just that and then some. With humor and passion and great writing, you get caught up in the tornado of right and wrong, trying to figure out how to get off, just like Irving and Sydney.