Time to do a little movie roundup. So in a very small period of time, I saw American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Saving Mr. Banks. I’m going to work backwards and review them from my least to most favorite because they’re all worth talking about individually. First up: American Hustle.
This movie got SO MUCH hype. SO MUCH. I don’t know whether it was the fact that the director, David O’Russell, was just applauded recently for his work on Silver Linings Playbook, or if it was the crazy all-star ensemble cast, or what, but I don’t know. I was underwhelmed. The movie is full of big names: Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Bradley Cooper, to name a few. My issue with this movie was that I felt like it under delivered. It was very very hyped, and it looked really great. The two places that this movie fell short for me were in length and plot. I feel like it was too long; and not that I have anything against long movies, but a long movie shouldn’t feel long. A long movie should feel like everything is important. I found myself, during this movie, being like “why are we still talking about this”, “i don’t care”, etc. As far as plot goes, this movie is essentially a heist film, but it moves super slowly. In comparison to some of the awesome heist movies out there (Oceans Eleven, etc.) this movie was so slow-paced. I felt like I didn’t really know which characters I liked or disliked, and the weird plot twist felt very out of place for me.
However, I absolutely LOVED Jeremy Renner’s character. He was my favorite part of the whole movie, honestly. I loved the costumes and how perfectly period the film was. Jennifer Lawrence is also always great. This wasn’t my favorite movie, but I definitely did enjoy watching it. It was hilarious at times, too. What did you think?