American Hustle is a film loosely based on a political scandal in the late 1970’s New Jersey where the mob, politicians and the FBI are entangled together.
A con man and his equally cunning and seductive partner were forced to work for an FBI agent to entrap a local politician in New Jersey, the mob and some Washington politicians. Irving Rosenthal is the brilliant con man who has several con jobs all at the same time inorder to support his unstable wife. With Sydney Prosser as his partner, the two were forced to work for Richie DiMaso, the wild FBI agent to entrap Carmine Politio, the local political operator who is passionate but volatile trying to start a casino project in Atlantic City.The movie is very well made with a very good storyline, well developed characters with the main actors doing very good acting jobs particularly Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser and Christian Bales as Irving Rosenthal. Jennifer Lawrence also did a nice job although her acting in the film is over the top like what she in Silver Linings Playbook. Amy Adams characterization of Sydney Prosser with her British accent is astonishing.
The production design is also worth mentioning; the 1970’s era is well projected with the very colorful and flamboyant clothes and music of that time and of course the “big” hair of the women. Christian Bale is unrecognizable with his bad over-comb and belly.
Christian Bale stars as Irving Rosenthal, Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser, Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn the wife/girlfriend of Irving Rosenthal, Bradley Cooper as Richie DiMaso and Jeremy Renner as the political operator Carmine Politio. Robert DeNiro is in supporting role as the mob boss.