Last night was the first screening of American Hustle. The film is under a review embargo so I can’t really “review” it but I can give some brief notes. First off, Jennifer Lawrence steals this movie, as she steals every movie, playing Christian Bale’s wife. Pity any actress or actor who acts in the same movie as she does. She is a hurricane. If she hadn’t already been discovered by now this movie would launch her into the stratosphere. She has that ability to just pop off the screen naturally. She does that here. And then some. The q&a afterwards had David O. Russell, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, along with the film’s editor, costumer and casting director.
As is usual with David O. Russell movies the performances dig in deeply, explode outwards in unpredictable ways. As Anne Thompson says [MAJOR SPOILER IN THE FIRST SENTENCE OF HER PIECE, BE WARNED], the movie is entertaining enough that Oscar talk seems beside the point, though I agree with her that Jennifer Lawrence’s nod is a slam dunk. I wonder if Amy Adams’ performance — which is sharp and powerful – can bump the locked five in Best Actress. I will be seeing August: Osage County tonight but the only spot that seems to have any wiggle room at all is Meryl Streep’s.