“American Hustle” – David O. Russell loves bad hair and boobs (sideboobs)

January 2, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

My 2014 resolution is to give every reader a kiss on their face by 2015! WOOOOO!!!

Is there another blog that guarantees they will do that?! I don’t think so! WOOO!!!

Honestly, this blog doesn’t guarantee it will happen either. I mean resolutions aren’t binding. They’re kind of a promise everyone expects will be broken. It’s kind of the flimsiest and shittiest promise out there. Resolutions? Pfffttt… I won’t hold my breath because I would be dead. Fuck you, resolutions!

Back to the point, if you do present yourself in front of me – I’ll kiss you on your face if you’re cool with it because I’m not looking for legal trouble. May need you to sign a piece of paper with some words on it about how you can’t sue me because I face kissed you. Ok? RESOLUTIONS! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

AMERICAN HUSTLE

SIDE!!!! BOOBS!!!! WOOOOOOOOO!!!!

This is what happens every other minute in this movie.

These particular boobs that are barely covered and giving everyone the friendliest hello ever belong to…

AMY ADAMS! WOOOO!!!!

And Double A – not Arn Anderson – is terrific in this movie. Her boobs are terrific and she’s terrific. If there was a way she could win best actress and her sideboob could win best supporting actress then I’m all for it because I’ve already nominated them and awarded them those honors in my head about a million times.

I’d say Amy Adams is the new Naomi Watts.

Beautiful, sexy, and, most importantly, can do both comedy and drama. She can hit every note in between as well. Not just in this movie – although this movie is in many ways a sizzle reel for Amy Adams’ acting ability – but Amy had played young and innocent in “Doubt”, streetwise and sexy in “The Fighter”, goofy and funny in “Talladega Nights”, and so on … and in this movie she does it all. Naomi has shown her ability to do all those things as well and I don’t know if it is her fault or not, but I haven’t really seen her in a movie since like 2008. The last movie I saw of Naomi’s was in 2009 and that was “The International” and the only scene in that movie that is worth watching is the circular stair gun fight referenced on the poster and before that the last good movie she was in that I saw was 2007’s “Eastern Promises”. I didn’t see “The Impossible”, which was supposed to be good, but ANYWAY!!!!

Amy Adams is the emotional core of this movie. She’s the overlapping section of the venn diagram that Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper fight over.

This is pretty much the movie…

Bale, Cooper, Adams and they’re all excellent in the movie.

Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone… It’s pretty much “Casino”, but better and there’s two Sharon Stones because Jennifer Lawrence kills it in the scenes that she’s in.

I’ll hit on the rest of the movie in a minute, more or less blowjobbing each of the actors just like I did to Amy and as you’d expect I would to Jennifer Lawrence later, but what before that…

Did I like the movie? Yes.

Did I really like it? Yes.

Did I love it? Well… love is a strong word. I loved all the actors and I loved many scenes, but all in all I wouldn’t say I “loved” this movie. I wouldn’t have to talk myself out of buying this movie the way I do with other movies. I’m comfortable seeing this movie maybe one or two more times in my life randomly and will never be concerned with needing to own a copy of it to throw on when I want to.

Let me reiterate for a moment, I liked this movie a lot and if I really cared about awards then I think all four of the stars of the movie – Bale, Cooper, J-Law, and Adams – should all be nominated for awards. The movie itself should be nominated for awards. The directing should be nominated. The costume design should be nominated. And blah blah the blah blah blah. But there were problems with the movie.

It’s long. And it feels long. Like really long. Longer than it probably is.

It’s slow. That makes it feel so long, obviously. The slowness is both in getting to the point of scenes as well as the movie. The development of the movie is slow and seems to keep going and going and going in a straight line for way too long before we start hitting the bumps that are dramatic.

I think the real problem of the movie is indulgence and it’s over-indulgence of its own indulgence, which is that everyone is acting too well or is too interesting to look at. It’s too much screentime for things that don’t need it. Some scenes just take too long to get through because everyone is just doing the drama too well or they’re having too much fun messing around with the comedy. It’s like they had three ideas for a scene and did all 3 of those ideas and used all 3 instead of picking the best one and going with that one.

It’s got a surprising lack of music or score in the movie and with that, the long scenes feel really long because there’s nothing breaking up the silence. Scenes just go on without edits and while the scenes are good, there’s nothing so severe that is at stake that it keeps the drama that intense that holds your attention that much.

With that being said…

Bradley Cooper is fucking amazing.

Just fucking look at him! He fucking looks amazing! And, supposedly, he came up with this look. Whether that’s true or not, he fucking owns this curly perm attached to this psychopath character like he was born to play it.

Earlier in the week, Danielle and I rewatched “Silver Linings Playbook” and it’s a fucking great movie. A movie I expect to watch again and again throughout the years. Cooper is alive. Like really alive on screen when he wants to be or has the script to be or maybe it’s just a David O. Russell as his director thing, but he’s fucking ALIVE in this movie and in SLP and he’s excellent in both.

Cooper can play extreme so well. Like off his ass screaming and it can be both terrifying or funny or both and it’s not something that all actors can do, but it’s something that the better actors do and do well. He’s shown he can do that and hopefully he keeps getting movies to do that in. He really does a good job of toeing that line of being bad or good or someone you want to root for, but at the same time is a fucking nutjob.

And while the movie is about Bale and Adams more than anything, they give Cooper a side-world that only he inhabits that is fun and different, which is really just his interactions with Louis CK.

And these running conversations between the two lead to one of the best payoffs I’ve seen all year…

Cooper doing an impression of Louis CK…

And…

Maniacally laughing his ass off about it.

It’s amazing.

One of the best, if not the best, scene in “Silver Linings Playbook” was the slow motion music montage of Cooper going to the Eagles game – fucking fantastic. The scene shown above has shades of that of that brilliance.

So, I think that was a thorough of BJing of Cooper, who is just so good in a bunch of the scenes in the movie with his just derangedness. Especially, his 1-on-1 scenes with Amy Adams. The two of them are great.

There’s of course the real main character of the movie…

Christian Bale is Robert De Niro.

At least, in this movie he is. He fucking nails it too. If this movie was made during the time and era when the movie pretends it is then Robert De Niro would’ve played this role and he would’ve been lucky to play it exactly like Bale did.

I think Bale has proven that he’s thoroughly versatile and can inhabit roles and this is another to add to this already growing and long list. He’s a dirty, sad, but clever conman in this movie and it’s exactly the role that guys in the 70’s were working their nuts off to achieve and did at times, but Bale swoops in and nails it in this movie.

I mentioned “Casino” and it very much is like “Casino” and it’s very much like the movies that “Casino” are like. While I’m not the biggest fan or a fan of Martin Scorsese, this movie is going for that feel and it gets and it’s a good movie as well. It’s not just trying to be something and being that something, it’s also a good movie as well in its own right.

As I said before, to me, Adams is the center of the movie, but it’s clear the film tries to make it Bale. Bale is good and he’s literally the entry and exit point for all the characters in the movie like Jeremy Renner, but I doubt you’re overly concerned with what happens to Bale minus what happens between Bale and Adams. Adams is the prize and everything else is secondary. Whether or not Bale even survives the movie is secondary to what Adams’ thoughts are about Bale if/when he dies. Do you know what I mean?

All the back and forth and interest they put into Bale’s character is good and certainly tries to flesh him out, but I don’t think anyone really cares. I don’t think you really care if they get away with it or not as much as you care if Bale ends up with Adams or does Cooper or does no one. That’s the movie. All the other stuff, that helps you possibly understand why Bale is the way he is and possibly helps make the connection more between this movie and other mob/Scorsese style movies like I mentioned, but it’s not what is at stake.

Unlike Scorsese, David O. Russell can write female characters or more so let’s the female characters have real storylines with their own arcs and feelings and whatever.

Jennifer Lawrence is the best and was probably such a drama crazy child.

She’s 22, she’s fucking smoking hot, straight women want a crack at her, and while that’s great and all… she’s super fun to watch play crazy.

We got to see it in Sliver Linings Playbook, but this is even more absurd than that that Jennifer Lawrence can be funny and fucking insane and it’s wonderful.

In “Winter’s Bone” she’s strong and quiet and has this stoic confidence and so on while showing vulnerability. She’s good in “Hunger Games” even with it being about running around a forest with poison gas coming after her and occasionally shooting a bow and arrow. But there’s really not much to work with as far as looking sturdy in those roles and delivering the lines with solemn conviction.

WHERE AS… in this movie, she’s fucking off the wall and she’s playful. She’s just fun to watch. Sure they dress her up sexy a couple times in the movie and show off her curves like in the above, but the rest of it is her playing this Real Housewives of New Jersey nutjob who is destructive and ultimately wants attention and love. It’s great.

So…

It’s a good movie.

They are all great doing whatever it is that they’re doing, but sometimes it goes on for too long. The movie keeps adding more and more and with that, it feels like it is trying to add more and more.

The movie doesn’t flow, but what’s on screen is enjoyable. I’ve read that a lot of the movie is improvised and read that David O. Russell made characters bigger than they were in the original script – which he didn’t write, this was a script that had been floating around on the blacklist of great scripts that hadn’t been made yet and David O. Russell did rewrites on it – because these actors were so good and he wanted to show them off. So, that’s kind of what the movie is. It’s not nearly as tight as it “should” be, but it’s tough to argue that any of the scenes are bad.

Good movie with faults, but a lot of fun characters.

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