American Hustle is No Casino

I have recently read some comments about how American Hustle is similar to Casino. Having just finished watching American Hustle I feel like the comparison isn’t one the film should be awarded.

Don’t get my wrong, American Hustle is an okay film. When it first came out into theatres I noticed it had a pretty high rating from users (something like 95%, if my memory serves me correct). The trailer also caught my attention and put it on my radar of must see films of 2013.

The movie failed at creating a deep personal connection with Christian Bale (Irving Rosenfield) and the audience. In Casino, Robert De Niro’s character does a superb job of this. This critique isn’t even a knock at Christian Bale, who I think is an amazing actor. Giving the limitations of the script and plot Bale did a fantastic job. The potential and talent weren’t the problem. I felt as though the deep friendship the movie implied between Jeremy Renner (The Mayor of Camden, New Jersey) and Christian Bale (Irving Rosenfield) was forced. I believed that The Mayor was a good man who cared about his constituents. What I didn’t believe is that Irving Rosenfield and The Mayor were good friends. The relationship never developed, at least not on screen.

I left American Hustle feeling like I had just seen a mediocre film that had the potential of being something excellent. If anything I’d give the movie a solid 70-75%. Bad movies are easy to get over. Movies that leave you wondering what could have been are the hardest to get over.

The film didn’t get snubbed at the Oscars, as many believe. Post Oscars several large papers had entertainment editorials focus on American Hustle not getting a single statue. Not always do I agree with The Academies choices, though in all categories that American Hustle was up for an Oscar there was clearly better films and better actors to choose from.

On the topic of better films, The Wolf Of Wall Street was consistently good from start to finish, though it did not get much traction at The Oscars.

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