Hustlers: Review by @Kush_Hayes
I somehow missed the boat on Lorene Scafarias “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” when it was released in 2012. After seeing Hustlers, I would very much like to go back and finally see her debut feature. Thats due to some really cool scenes that she wrote and directed in the 2019 Jennifer Lopez feature, “Based on a True Story” and adapted from a magazine article to the big screen this weekend.
The rest of this movie, its a lot better than I thought it would be. I was happy to see Scafarias showed how unstable that Constance Wus character is in this timeline of her story that takes place between 2007 and 2015.
When we meet Wus character, Destiny/Dorothy, shes already a dancer. The new girl at the club, after striking out at the other club across town. But we are never informed what she used to do before that. Shes about to hit a deadend quick til she meets Jennifer Lopez character, Ramona. More on both of them in a bit. As we follow Dorothy, its not clear immediately that shes giving an interview to Julia Styles, and within the story there are subtle changes as we go, but Dorothy is meek, hollow, nervous, sympathetic and when shes Destiny, with Ramona by her side, shes cool, calculating, confident. And then when she needs her narrative to be, shes empathetic and innocent and just trying to support her family. Its the interactions between Dorothy and Styles character, that we see shes anxious, irrational, and unstable when it comes to what was right and wrong, justifying drugging and robbing people. Shes 100% confused why Styles is horrified and attempts to pass it off as “this is just how its done”.
Not to be rude to Miss Wu, I think anyone could have played her character.
Read the rest of this article over at The Bosley!