Nelson Leader : January 30th 2014
14 THE NELSON LEADER, JANUARY 30, 2014 MOVIE REVIEW:AMERICANHUSTLE Adams stands out in FBI drama Matt Lawrey’s MOVIE REVIEW If there is one thing I love about the movie business it’s the way stars evolve. Actors that once did nothing for you can suddenly appear in a role that presses your buttons and you never look at them the same way again. After American Psycho I couldn’t look at Christian Bale without feeling repulsed. Five years later he was cast as the Caped Crusader in Batman Begins and I practically fell in love with him. When Charlize Theron first came on the scene everyone was raving about her statuesque beauty and talent. For one reason or another she did nothing for me. I just didn’t find her interesting; even when she put on weight and made herself look rough to play a serial killer in Monster. It wasn’t until I saw her in The Road and Young Adult that I really got it and saw what a great actress she is. Of course, this can work in the opposite direction too. In 1999 my favourite actor was Edward Norton. After Fight Club I was convinced he was destined for greatness. These days his movies go straight to video and I don’t even rent them. The latest star to confound my previous assumptions is Amy Adams. One of the most versatile movie stars of her generation, Adams is as cute as a button and has the kind of charisma that makes it easy to connect with her on screen. I’ve always thought of her as charming, kooky and sweet. In The Fighter she added gutsy to her repertoire. My mate Mike has always claimed she is also sexy as. I had never seen that myself but all that changed last weekend when I saw American Hustle (M). Set in the late 1970s and based on the FBI’s so-called Abscam operations that saw fake sheiks used to try and entrap politicians, American Hustle is a drama with a sense of humour co-written and directed by David O. Russell. Bale, looking more like Fatman than Batman, plays a New York conman named Irwing who falls for and enlists into his operation Adam’s former stripper Sydney. Complicating matters is the fact Irwing is married to the Jennifer Lawrence’s erratic Rosalyn and is the loving adoptive father to her son. Irwing and Sydney have a good thing going both professionally and personally until ➤MOREONLINE: To read Matt’s rave review of Frozen and other recent releases, post comments and watch trailers, visit theleader.co.nz they cross paths with Bradley Cooper’s ambitious FBI agent named Richie who dreams of using their skills to catch some big fish starting with a mayor played by Jeremy Renner. American Hustle confirms that the mercurial Russell is on a major roll. With The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and his latest, the auteur has made three terrific and quite different movies in a row. One thing all three have in com- mon is wonderful dialogue. American Hustle is a very talky film so anyone expecting any kind of action is likely to be disappointed. If you’re in the mood for top shelf acting and a winning screenplay then you’re in luck. Bale gives his least flashy performance to date and in the process reminds everyone what a great actor he is. Lawrence continues to do no wrong bringing to Star-studded: American Hustle’s cast includes, from left, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence. life a woman who is so reckless she just might get her husband killed, while Cooper brings his now trademark charm mixed with desperation to the part of Richie. Best of all is Adams in a part unlike anything she has played before. Smart, devoted, knowing, angry, confused, sultry and scheming are just a handful of the words that describe Sydney. ‘‘Sexy as’’ are two more. For all the acting prowess on show, it’s Adam’s performance that will stay with you longest. Quite simply she is perfectly cast and perfect in the role. ➤ BOTTOMLINE Seriously sassy cinema. ★★★★(out of five). Also screening: Frozen (G). Proof Disney still knows how to make a classic.★★★★★ TOP PICKS Bored? Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out The Leader’s top picks. ■ The Buskerburgoo Festival is back, with performances at the top of Trafalgar St and in parks. The family friendly festival is free, with performances during the day and from 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. See page 5 for more details. ■ The wonderful antioxidant rich blackcurrant and the fabulous Moutere community will be celebrated on Sunday with the annual Sarau Festival. The late afternoon festival offers entertainment, food and interesting stalls. For the active there are long and short mountainbike rides through the stunning Moutere countryside. The festival is from 3pm till dark at the Moutere Hills Community Centre. ■ For those spending the long weekend in Golden Bay the Collingwood Summer Food Fair is on Sunday from 3pm till late at the Collingwood Recreation Ground. IN BRIEF Mini meets owner The new owner of the little yellow BMG Mini for Nelson Cancer will be known today when its raffle is drawn at the Wakefield Police Station. The group behind the project had already raised about $75,000 by mid-January, selling $10 tickets for the 1975 Morris Mini which retired mechanic Bob Cray bought for $750 a year ago. Last March a group of Wakefield men decided to restore the Mini and raffle it for the 2014 Relay for Life with profits going to the Nelson Cancer Society. The Relay for Life Nelson Tasman will be held at Saxton Field on Saturday, March 1. Adrift on top Tukurua’s family-run, five-star beach front cottage accommodation Adrift has been named one of the world’s top 100 beach houses to stay in by British newspaper The Guardian. Only one other New Zealand beach house made it onto the list. Adrift owners Gordon and Bess Hampson were surprised and had no idea how they made it on to the list. Last year they were also rated as one of the top 10 hotels for romance by Trip Advisor.
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