Columbia Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures present an R rated, 129 minute, crime, drama, directed by David O. Russell, written by Russell and Eric Singer with a release date of December 18, 2013.
On April 28, 1978 Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is in a suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City working a comb over before his meeting with some very influential people. In walks Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) with Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) who happens to be part of the deal. Sydney is an ex-stripper who moved to New York, took a job at Cosmopolitan before meeting Irving. Irving grew up following his father’s footsteps running a glass company, as well as dabbling in some art and several dry cleaning businesses but that wasn’t enough so he and Sydney alter ego Lady Edith started a con business eventually known as London Associates. Irving is married to Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) a beauty by all means but not quite the most intelligent person on the planet. She and Irving have a son, Danny (Danny & Sonny Corbo) who Irving adopted and loves more than his own life.
Richie ends up being an FBI agent and arrests Lady Edith, real name Sydney, for impersonating a fake person to close illegal investment deals with Irving. Richie informs Irving that if he can help him close four busts of illegal dealings than he and Sydney are free to walk. People believe what they want to believe and the more you say no to someone the more they want in. It’s odd how things work in life and especially life amongst crooks.
So Irving with the assistance of Sydney and Richie start a scheme to bring some very influential people in politics and the mafia to justice. Their first plan of attack is to ring in the mayor of New Jersey, Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), a well loved and respected politician with a large family and a loving wife, Dolly (Elisabeth Rohm). By making it appear that they have a major investor Sheik Abdullah (Michael Pena) that will bring millions of dollars to rebuild Atlantic City, Irving, Sydney and Richie develop a con that will arrest not only the Mayor of New Jersey but also Congressmen, Senators and the ruthless Mafia kingpin himself, Victor Tellegio (Robert De Niro).
But things don’t go as planned and what seems real is sometimes fake and the trust some may think they had is not trustworthy. Sometimes speaking the truth like Rosalyn does to the wrong person will get you in a bit of hot water. Bad enough Rosalyn who is still married to Irving has it out for Sydney since she knows that Irving is in love with her. Irving is truly not such a bad guy and when he tries to correct a wrong in the end it costs him a friendship and the knowledge that the art of survival is a story that never ends.
This film is superbly directed and especially written but if you turn away for a second you may lose track of what is going on. A great soundtrack from the seventies mixed in with some disco moves by the leading actors and the director takes us on a flashback to some good old days when life was a bit crazy but filled with some meaningful tunes. Nice costumes to fit the era along with some well-done cinematography and this story is worth the ticket at the box office.
The acting is all phenomenal from the leads to the supporting cast. Of course Bale take on the character right down to the bad hair, big belly and big glasses but it is Lawrence who wins the best acting role once again. She is absolutely spot on with her delivery of her lines and interactions with the cast bringing drama and hysterics to her every word let alone her dance moves. Cooper looks like he’s ready to fill the shoes of Johnny Fever on and off the dance floor and really plays well with the other leads. Adams is also a force to be reckoned with as she exposes a bit more than her personality at times. Renner is sporting not only a huge hairdo but his talent as well as the New Jersey Mayor and it is truly a nice surprise to see De Niro pop up for an uncredited cameo. Overall a well yet sometimes confusing story that will leave you guessing at times about what just happened but any knots in the story line will all come out in the end. Most of all I loved Jennifer Lawrence and it proves that this girl is at the top of the Hollywood hot list for a reason. Written and enjoyed with three and a half paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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