On the last day of the year it’s our last show of the year, in our newer, longer format. Which means more time for movie discussion! This week I review David O. Russell’s Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant, which may finally bag Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar, and Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home.
David O. Russell’s American Hustle, based ever so loosely on true life events, is a camp, gaudy, almost cartoonish evocation of 70s exploitation cinema. Stand out performances from Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner do much to paper over a surprisingly lightweight script and create tension where the story often lacks any real bite.
American Hustle was discussed on our podcast, which you can listen to here.