Thursday, August 1, 2013

Do the 'Hustle'

The trailer for David O. Russell's American Hustle debuted yesterday, and I am surprised by how badly I want to see it.  The trailer doesn't really tell us anything, so this is obviously more of a teaser.  Russell churned this one out quickly after directing last year's Silver Lining's Playbook

Originally titled American Bullshit, Hustle focuses on the Abscam sting ring of the late 1970's and early 1980's.  The screenplay was featured on The Black List in 2010.  The cast is sort of ridiculous.  Russell has directed almost everyone to an Oscar nomination or win in the last five years, so I doubt that I am the only one guessing that nominations might happen.

One of the things that has been a topic of conversation around Hustle is that Bradley Cooper sports a perm.  I joked with a friend yesterday that the title of this should have been Wigs: The Motion Picture.  I wonder if the makeup team is worried or excited that they expanded the Oscar category to Best Makeup & Hairstyling. 

Jeremy Renner is the only named actor in the trailer who hasn't been directed to an Oscar by Russell (he has earned to for The Hurt Locker and The Town), so maybe he will snag one this year?

Jennifer Lawrence (everyone's favorite District 12 tribute) looks a hot mess in this trailer.  I thought she was going to have more of a lead role in this, but maybe she is more supporting?  I am getting a total Sharon Stone in Casino vibe from her for some reason.  Her hair is all sloppily updone and her nails are painted a brash red.  Love it!

The person who really stands out to me in this, however, is Amy Adams.  She gets to really slink, scream and slap in this trailer (the Oscar S trifecta?).  Adams is incredibly overdue for an Oscar in my opinion.  She's been nominated 4 times for Best Supporting Actress, so maybe she will come out on top.  I know that Melissa Leo was collecting awards left and right for The Figher, but I would have voted for Adams instead that year.

There is a LOT of attention paid to her ass though...that worries me a bit...

What do you guys think of the American Hustle trailer?


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