Word Of Alicia: American Hustle

American Hustle
American Hustle (source)

Award season is in full swing!  I can’t say I watch all the nominated movies but I do catch a good handful of them.  One of those movies that seems to be nominated for everything this year is American Hustle, since I saw this last week I decided to do a review, Alicia style!  Plus Amy Adams is definitely one of my best dressed picks from the Golden Globes, staying slightly in character with her deep v and sleek gown.

Amy Adams Golden Globes
Amy Adams Golden Globes (source)

American Hustle Plot Overview:  

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams star in director David O. Russell’s fictional period crime drama about a reckless FBI agent who recruits a con man and his alluring partner into a scheme to ensnare corrupt politicians and gangsters. Smooth-talking Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) is a hustler of the highest order. No mark is off limits for Rosenfeld, especially when his crafty partner Sydney Prosser (Adams) is by his side. When renegade FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) thrusts the deceptive duo into the treacherous world of New Jersey power players and underworld heavies, the thrill of the hunt grows too strong to resist. Meanwhile, New Jersey politician Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) gets caught in the middle, and Rosenfeld’s capricious wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) holds more power than anyone could imagine. Louis C.K. and Jack Huston costar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi (fandango)

J. Lawrence in American Hustle
J. Lawrence in American Hustle (source)

Word On American Hustle:

This movie was different.  That’s the best way to explain it.   It’s not your typical drama, comedy, romcom, thriller, etc… but not different in a bad way, but a good way!  I definitely give it 2 thumbs up.  It had me paying attention to the story line.  Which typically would be difficult since it’s not that fast paced really.  I was expecting some twists or a big action scene but no, it was all about the story line and relationships between the characters, that was all it needed with those acting skills.  It wasn’t as funny as the commercials or nominations in the comedy category would suggest, but it has its chuckles.  I did notice the 2hr and 9min runtime though… it felt that long fo sho.  I think what had me hooked was the character development, you really felt for each character and wanted them to succeed.  Plus Christian Bale was almost unrecognizable to me at first!  I had to ask if that was him, haha!

Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle
Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle (source)

Through the whole movie I think I was just as enamored with the costume design as I was with the movie.  Here I thought I didn’t like 70’s fashion but I literally was wishing I had Amy Adam’s (Sydney’s) wardrobe.  And some of it I kind of do… the pants, the wrap dresses, the sleek gowns, the coats!  I basically have the black coat with mega fur worn by Jennifer Lawrence’s character Rosalyn.

Rosalyn's Coat I Basically Have a Dupe of
Rosalyn’s Coat I Basically Have a Dupe of (source)
American Hustle Costumes
American Hustle Costumes
Sleek V-necks and Pencil Skirts on Sydney
Sleek V-necks and Pencil Skirts on Sydney (source)
Killer Winter White and THAT HAT!
Killer Winter White and THAT HAT!

Not only was the fashion spot on, the hair!  If only I could get such bouncy soft flowing curls.  Ok, ok not all the hair.  I could do without the perms.  “Hey gang, now what would make this great day even better? Perms for everyone!”  (Burgundy reference for those of you not as cool as you think you are)

American Hustle Hair
American Hustle Hair
Amy Adams as Sydney In A Glorious Perm
Amy Adams as Sydney In A Glorious Perm

Word Of Alicia:  Go see this movie, don’t expect a lot of action or twists and be prepared to sit for over 2 hrs.  Then gawk at how pretty everyone is, then follow it up with wearing a wrap dress, big earrings, a trench coat and bouncy full curls.  Maybe I’ll just do that too!

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