Hustlers (2019)

Director: Lorene Scafaria
Writer/s: Jessica Pressler, Lorene Scafaria
Starring: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, and more.

Hustlers

The Intro:
Well here is a surprise review for not only my readers but myself included. I had the opportunity to catch “Hustlers” in theaters thanks to the influence of my lady. She loves her some Lili Reinhart and wanted to watch this for her so, here I am with the review! With that said, clearly I was not too excited to see this but maybe things changed? Well…did it???

IMDB Summary:
“Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.”

The Oberrating:
So as I said before, I had zero intentions of catching this movie in theaters or anytime soon for that matter. To me I saw a stripper movie where they were probably going to throw some dramatic crime story into the mix while still being strippers and now are mastermind con artists. To my benefit, the film basically ditches the stripper story and focuses on power characters to lead the charge into the crime/drama story of the movie. The story itself is well done. It kept my attention throughout the whole film and did a great job at transitioning into the next portion of the film that would heighten the stakes.

“Hustlers” boasts a woman power duo as the stars of the film. Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu are the power couple hustling all over New York as Ramona and Destiny. Jennifer Lopez has had a tremendous career in both music and movies. She continues to bolster that history with her performance in “Hustlers”. Lopez is powerful from head to toe. She acts with such conviction, strength, and grace at the same time. She flips the switch from fierce to caring in an instant and it is quite impressive.
Next to her stands Constance Wu, who also has had a decorated history in entertainment spanning over TV and movies. Constance was incredible in the mega hit “Crazy Rich Asians” and her talent shines through once again here. She equally matches the conviction Lopez presents but has a softer more caring tone to her character, Destiny.
Surrounding these two studs of performers is a supporting cast that may not put on as much of strong performance but were still enjoyable to watch. I view them as the comic relief of the film, which they did incredibly well at. These two are Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart. Personally my favorite was Reinhart, despite the peer pressure of my lady favoring her. She was absolutely hilarious.

If I could say anything negative about the film, I would probably start with myself seeing this as a one and done movie. It was a great watch, performances hit their mark, the story is strong but I have no major desire to watch this again any time soon. Which I would say is an upgrade from me thinking the film did not deserve even one watch from me.
The second point would be that the finale of the film is very sudden. As I said earlier, “Hustlers” did a great job at progressively getting more and more tense with each passing moment up until the very end where the climax hits and then it is all over. A more drawn out wind down from the climax, I feel, would have been more complimentary to this roller-coaster of a movie.

The Wrap-Up:
I am happy to prove myself wrong about my early impression of “Hustlers” I initially thought this was going to be a full blown stripper movie with a touch of some con-artist crime/drama flair but instead I found myself an impressive and compelling story driven by outstanding performances. Well worth a watch in theaters or at least a couch watch once it comes out. Maybe this will be your new favorite movie or maybe it will be a one and done like me. Regardless, definitely worth the time!

Other Takeaways:

  • The entire first portion of the film, which includes most of the introduction elements too, are entirely forgettable. The first portion is what I expected the entire movie to be which warrants why I do not like it.
    Besides the coat scene which I admired.
  • Lili Reinhart is a darling and so damn funny.
  • Cardi B and Lizzo are full blown cash grab names for the movie. Also reasons why I was not interested in the beginning of the film.
  • The family focus of the film is wonderful.

Rating: 7/10

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References:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5503686/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5503686/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

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