Friday, June 6, 2014

2013 End Of The Year Awards- Most Overrated Film- American Hustle

**This post contains spoilers**

Wait a minute. Ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The next American classic?

Let's start with Christian Bale's Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Bale's Irving Rosenfeld? it's a good performance, but an Oscar worthy performance? I don't think so. On top of that, if we're comparing Bale to this year's list of nominees and the winner, Matthew McConaughey, Bale is stuck in the third or fourth spot for the rankings. Need some more food for thought? Here's one name for you: Robert Redford. You can make a legit argument for Redford as a noticeable snub at the Oscars this year, and if you take the time to watch All Is Lost, you'll see why Redford deserved a spot in the Best Actor category.

And let's be honest, if we're comparing American Hustle's Irving to Bale's outstanding career as an actor, Irving doesn't deserve a spot in the top three (in no particular order, American Psycho, The Machinist, The Fighter) for Bale's best performances.

I'll give credit where credit is due. Jennifer Lawrence was on top of her game, as the schizophrenic livewire, Amy Adams deserves praise for her performance, Bradley Cooper is a suitable fit for Richie, and Jeremy Renner proved he's still capable of being one of the best actors in Hollywood, as the devoted Mayor with a good heart. Also, Robert De Niro's cameo during the meeting with Sheik Abdullah (Michael Pena) is a great shocker.

Still, American Hustle didn't win one Academy Award this year. Why? Because American Hustle is not a great film. A star-studded cast, featuring former Oscar winners and Oscar nominees, and the trio of David. O Russell, Lawrence, and Cooper rode the huge wave of momentum from Silver Linings Playbook. On top of that, Jennifer Lawrence is a hot commodity for young actresses with a bright future, so you had to expect a massive hype train for American Hustle.

I don't hate American Hustle. Hell, there's a good chance I'll buy the movie on DVD somewhere down the line, but the final product doesn't justify the hype or any grandiose expectations. 

In the end, American Hustle received a whopping ten Academy Award nominations, but there's a good chance we'll forget about this one in another three or four years. Of course, if someone mentions the name American Hustle, you'll know what they're talking about right off the bat. But we're not going to remember American Hustle as one of the all-time greats, and a decorated Oscar winner that deserves unquestioned praise and recognition.

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