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American Hustle (2013)
American Hustle's Silver Linings
One of the most acclaimed films of the year and the one I was most looking forward to in 2013. After viewing it twice I can confidently state that the biggest flaw in American Hustle is the story and plot structure; however, magnificent acting, dialogue, and dispersed scenes of unbridled genius make the film worthwhile and a mini masterpiece. Russell's latest installment of his "in your face trilogy" (as I like to call it) is his second best film; right behind his crowning achievement, one of the greatest romantic comedies ever made, a film I can watch over and over and it still fills me with indescribable joy every single time, 'Silver Linings Playbook'. American Hustle comes fairly close to that film's genius, especially during the sequence that starts with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road blasting in the soundtrack as Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper walk through fog provoking Jennifer Lawrence's Rosalyn to exclaim: I know who that is, and ends with How Can you Mend A Broken Heart by the Bee Gees after a terrific bathroom confrontation. The use of music is masterful, the acting spectacular and the dialogue filled with wit, sadly the film's cluttered pacing and its withholding emotional resonance keeps it from being as good as the director's previous effort.