Starring: Christian Bale (Out of the Furnace), Amy Adams (Man of Steel), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover III), Jeremy Renner (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Louis C.K. (TV’s “Louie”), Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings), Michael Pena (Turbo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
The movie is about a con man named Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and how he’s forced to work with an FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Cooper) with his partner, Sydney Prosser (Adams) to take down Jersey power players including a potential crooked mayor, Carmine Polito (Renner).
The starts with Irving meeting with Sydney and how they began their love affair and conning life together, despite the fact that he already has a wife (Lawrence) and adoptive son.
They start to get comfortable and by that they caught by up and coming FBI agent, Richie. He strikes them a deal in order to get out going to jail. They have to help him take down some big names, including popular mayor of New Jersey, Carmine Polito. They agree, as long as it doesn’t get bigger then Carmine.
Richie, Irving, and Sydney start working on bringing down some big political names, but Irving starts to have problems with it as he becomes friends with Carmine.
This was a change of pace for Christian Bale as he shows some of his comedic side. Bale is one to choose dark roles that have deep layers, but with Irving he got to show that he can do some light scenes along with those deeper scenes.
It was hard to think who was crazier in this movie: Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, or Jennifer Lawrence. Adams was a vixen who doesn’t care what you think about her, in fact it seems that the only thing she really cares about is money, Irving, and herself. Cooper’s Richie is so focused on trying to make a name for himself that he does anything and everything to make that happen, including arguing constantly with his boss (Louis C.K.). Lawrence as Rosalyn is best described as bi-polar. She is going crazy yelling at Irving one second, then the next she is flirting with him asking him to have sex with her.
The costume and the scenery were great and very realistic. Though I wasn’t alive during the 70’s, I have heard about it and seen pictures, and this is exactly how I would have pictured the everyday life. The music selection for the movie was like another character in the movie. The 70’s brought us a lot of good music but it gets over looked because people mainly focus on the disco part of it. This movie was able to portray those classic songs and show how they can relate to us even today.
The movie is a classical David O. Russell film where you get classic characters from the major ones Irving and Sydney to the minor ones like Robert De Niro and Louis C.K. He is able to bring a story that is mixed with comedy, drama, and the right kind of realism that makes the story pop off the screen.
This movie has a lot of laughs and is a very interesting story as we watch a con man grow as a person despite the fact that he essentially steals money from people. The characters each have their high points and their low points and they are beyond interesting to watch on the screen as they all mesh together.