In many ways “the con movie” was made for the big screen. Cinema is of course one big con. Actors pretend to be people they’re not, sets look like places they’re not, and we can believe years have passed before our eyes, even though in reality it has only been a couple of hours.
I must admit I have a soft spot for the genre. Whether it’s The Brothers Bloom, Duplicity, Catch Me If You Can, or Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, it’s a genre that’s easy to watch and keeps you guessing right up to the end.
Of course the flip side of the genre is that like the characters it’s portraying the films can be all style and no substance. American Hustle then is an attempt to keep what’s so entertaining about the genre while adding a bit more depth to proceedings. So does it suceed?
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