Hype towards a movie can easily ruin your experience with it, time and time again. You see all the awards it's been getting, amazing quotes from critics, and your expectations are set way too high. Then, when you actually see it, you're totally disappointed, and expected something much better. That's exactly what happened when I first saw "American Hustle". I liked it a lot, but not as much as other people seemed too. When I decided to see it a second time, I tried to put all the hype aside, and I enjoyed the movie considerably more.
The film follows Irving Rosenfeld, played by Christian Bale, a con-man who runs a corrupt loan business alongside his seductive partner Sydney (Amy Adams). When busted by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), he is obliged to work together with him to lineup the arrests of several other people including congressmen and mafia members.
With awesome costumes and music choices that set you right in the time period, the movie is enchanting from the start. It may be a tad too long, but the cast of off-beat and interesting characters make up for that in the end. Christian Bale is certainly the standout, and seeing his performance a second time solidified that. Go in with a clear head, and you will most-definitely enjoy it. Rated R for language and sexual content, "American Hustle" is enchantingly good.