Wednesday, January 22, 2014

American Hustle 2013**

As its name suggests, this acclaimed film is too culture specific for others to relate to and ends up being passably watchable. On the other hand, "hustling", (conman ship), in the shrinking globe, seems to be the universal strategy, unifying prince and pauper, whether countries or persons: corporates, politicians, mobsters. Survival is the problem and priority, in the complex jungle which we inhabit, as it has always been. It resembles the Coen brothers' "A Serious Man" in its' description of people trapped in the chaos of life, repeatedly bumping into the unexpected unforeseen. A depressingly enjoyable ribald comedy, punctuated with four letter dialog, presumably the current currency, never losing the straw of hope, and ending happily ever after.

2 comments:

kaist455 said...

The story may be a little too thin, but the actors have a big fun with their roles - no wonder the movie is Oscar-nominated in all four acting categories.

S. M. Rana said...

As I said you need to be American to catch the subtlety and nuances...