I’m such a positive individual, so much so I often piss people off with my positiveness, and this almost always spills over to my film reviews and ratings. So much so that when I sit down to watch a film, they all start at 10/10 in my eyes, and as each thing that happens that doesn’t sit well with me, I’ll take off half a mark, which is why often a film might get 7/10, which sounds good to some people, but to me that’s not a good mark, as I see my ratings like the richter scale. But having just watched American Hustle, boy am I struggling to stay positive about anything in it, and I really, really, want to rip it a new one with a written assault, but I will try and hold back.
The acting in the film was pretty damn awesome, and all 4 of them deserve their nominations and awards that have been winning so far, even though I hated every character, and I mean EVERY character. They all ranged from self serving nasty characters all the way down to pansy wet blankets, and I just didn’t care about any of them. In fact, about 2/3 into this movie I lost all interest in everything, and if it wasn’t for my OCD having to see films to the very end, I wouldn’t have fought that urge to walk out many times, as I could easily have left not caring what happened in the end.
The film was so over directed that it almost became a running joke with myself, that if I wanted to invent a good drinking game, I’d say every time there was a pointless crash tracking shot into a character, I’d take a shot, and I’d be drunk 1/4 of the way through the movie. I actually thought the directing was so bad, from a good director, that I almost feel like he was trolling us as an audience.
The script was a nightmare, as it had no structure, and not in a good way like The Wolf Of Wall Street was able to do, but in a boring muddled affair that just made me so fucking glad once it was over with, and the big twist wasn’t exactly worthy of having made me sit through nearly 2 1/2 hours to see it. I actually laughed out loud, that’s right, I LOL’d walking down the street after the movie as I was that glad to be out of there.
Now, yes, this film was bad, but I’m not saying it compares to other bad movies like Ghost Rider 2, or Sucker Punch, or Debbie Does The Dallas Cowboys, but it was bad on a whole other level, due to the fact it had amazing actors, awesome performances, but still sucked the very soul and happiness out of me. I think I need to sit down in front of the computer and watch kitten videos for the next hour to bring some joy back into my life.
4.5 out of 10 from me!!!