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Hustlers is a lot of fun. It's funny, it's emotional, it's sexy, it's crackingly well directed and scripted, and it features a powerhouse performance from Jennifer Lopez. You can trust the hype on this one, yo. The only criticism I can level at it is partly based on the fact that I've seen too many true crime dramas, and the structure is thus well-worn. Comparisons to Scorsese are also apt. That said, it only kind of flags for me towards the end because the front half, which sets up this world and these characters, is far more interesting. I love a deep dive into a profession I know little about, and J-Lo introducing Constance "all heart" Wu to the world of high-price strippers is riveting. The characters feel so natural, it feels like the best improv. Real reactions and real relationships. The sisterhood that's formed before things go pear-shaped in the third act is charming and magnetic, and I hated to see that end. I knew Hustlers would enjoy some success because A Star Is Born and Crazy Rich Asians were hits, but regardless of why people are buying their tickets, its success is all its own.
There is a scene where the character portrayed by J Lo rightly highlights the culprits in Wall Street and how terrible they truly are. But what is their solution? To become an inverted reflection of the financial corporate oligarchy who is also in the business of stealing, lying and tricking others for money. That is why it is genuinely hard to sympathise with their plight. The movie in my opinion, brilliantly demonstrates the poverty of humanity. We must not negate the impact of our socio-economic realities and the subsequent struggles we face but coupled with an economic revolution, there needs to be a tremendous value shift away from mindless consumption and other degrading characteristics as displayed in this feature. These are reflective of the dominant value system.
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