Release year: 2013
Director: David O. Russell
Screenwriter: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Peña
Ratings: 10 Oscar nominations: Best Movie, Best Actor (Christian Bale), Best Actress (Amy Adams), Best Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Original Screenplay), 3 Golden Globes (Best Comedy/Musical, Best Actress (Amy Adams), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence).
Con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his partner in crime Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are caught in the act and forced to work for FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who forces them to try to hustle bigger than they have ever dared. Suddenly they are luring New Jersey political operator Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) and getting involved with the mafia, and then there is Rosenfeld’s unstable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) who insists on being involved.
David O. Russell made a hat trick with this movie that earned him his third Oscar nomination for directing after 2010’s The Fighter and 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook (in which he also directed Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper). Once again he delivers a movie with excellent acting, each character fighting to own the scene they are in, and there is no winner, they are all too brilliant and will simply have to share the limeligt. The only one who does steal some of the scenes is the always superb Lawrence, who mixes vulnerability, strength, and pure craziness as Rosalyn, the wife who may or may not know more than she gives away.The 70’s style of the movie is convincing and delivers some great hair jokes. The tone of the movie is all in all light with laughs and a great period soundtrack, without it ever compromising with the suspense.Considering the difference in style in David O. Russell’s movies, I for one can not wait to see what he comes up with next.
The wonderful Jennifer Lawrence is a strong-headed woman, and if she wants to eat Dorito’s during her break, then she wants to eat Dorito’s during her break. This break was between takes of her wearing a white dress. Luckily her character was original meant to spill champagne on her dress, and they had four back up dresses. Hence you will see no orange Dorito spills in the scene.
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