American Hustle

This is an ensemble film so let’s get down to it. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper seem a bit out of place in a ’70s film but turn in quality performances, Jeremy Renner is solid, Christian Bale unsurprisingly is brilliant, and Amy Adams – somewhat more surprisingly – is equally so, shifting from manipulative to vulnerable, loathing to empathetic without losing an ounce of believability.

The story takes its sweet time to develop, which during the extended prologue feels novel but by the third act becomes a small bit tiresome. Still, with characters this interesting it’s not such a terrible thing if they overstay their welcome.