Like an increasingly disappointing and pandering version of Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell keeps trying for that Oscar gold but can never quite reach it. He's good at getting nominations, and his casts tend to fare well, but there's always something the Academy likes just a little bit more.
Rather than giving up like PTA and growing into a bonafide genius as a result, Russell seems intent on entrenching himself even further into award bait. His next, currently untitled, film (formerly known as American Bullshit) will star The Fighter's Christian Bale and Amy Adams and combine them with Bradley Cooper and, now, Jennifer Lawrence from this year's Silver Linings Playbook. Such a strong concentration of Oscar-caliber acting power might be enough to finally put him over the edge.
If I sound cranky it's because I just saw Silver Linings Playbook.
The untitled film will also star Jeremy Renner and will try to win some credibility with people who normally know better by featuring Louis C.K. as an FBI agent. It's based on a real life story, too. I'd say that means it's far less likely to cheat its way to a happy, heartwarming ending, but: The Fighter.
Here's a synopsis:
The Untitled David O. Russell Project is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale, is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Renner) who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden.
Guys, I really hated Silver Linings Playbook. Okay, maybe Jennifer Lawrence charmed me a little. But still.