The first feedback for amsterdamthe new film by David O. Russell fell (and it’s not crazy).
David O. Russell’s career has been plagued by controversy and scandal, whether it was a physical altercation with George Clooney in 1999, whether he made Amy Adams cry on set in 2013 or his transgender niece sues him for sexual assault. However, that never stopped him from making movies, since he always gets away with it (as unlikely as that may seem).
And today, the filmmaker returns with his new film amsterdam. If his projects are covered with undeniable qualities, it is rather amusing to see that they always polarize an overall feeling that could be roughly illustrated by “there are flaws, but it was not too bad”. Who knows why his works always attract the sympathy of spectators and the press, but it seems that this time the wind has turned in view of the first returns for his latest arrival. Tweet review.
Unfortunately, David O. Russell’s Amsterdam is a big ol’ miss. Tone and editing are his most jarring since Huckabees. When it has something to say in the third act it’s way too late. Robbie and Bale are the best perfs.
As for Taylor Swift, at least she’ll get a meme out of it. pic.twitter.com/dBlwsiJHMW
— Gregory Ellwood – The Playlist ???? (@TheGregoryE) September 19, 2022
“Unfortunately, David O. Russell’s Amsterdam is a big miss. The tone and editing are his most annoying since I Love Huckabees. When he has something to say in the third act, it’s far too late. Robbie and Bale are the best perfs. As for Taylor Swift, at least she’ll get a meme.” Gregory Ellwood – The Playlist
I know there are a lot of people who have their torches and pitchforks ready to take this film down because of David O. Russell, but frankly, it would’ve failed even *absent* his controversies. It feels like a parody of a David O. Russell film – all imitation, no authenticity. pic.twitter.com/shOY9MAhFF
— Zoe Rose Bryant (@ZoeRoseBryant) September 19, 2022
“I know there are a lot of people waiting for the movie with torches and pitchforks, ready to take it down because of David O. Russell, but frankly, it would have failed even without its controversies. Looks like a parody of a David O. Russell movie – all imitation, no authenticity.” Zoe Rose Bryant – We Live Entertainment
AMSTERDAM is a convoluted mess that’s never as interesting as it thinks it is. Christian Bale attempts to do quirky comedy with embarrassing results while Margot Robbie & John David Washington lack any chemistry. Lubezski’s camerawork feels at odds with David O. Russell’s style. pic.twitter.com/hJkv94RlcI
— Matt Neglia @NYFF (@NextBestPicture) September 19, 2022
“Amsterdam is a laborious mess that is never as interesting as it thinks. Christian Bale embarrasses himself trying to do quirky comedy while Margot Robbie and John David Washington lack chemistry. Lubezki’s photography seems at odds with the style of David O. Russell.” Matt Neglia – Next Best Picture
Though it struggles to end in the final act, David O. Russell’s #AmsterdamMovie is a fun, zany, sweet & intriguing ride. Stellar ensemble cast (Beth Grant FTW!). BUT Margot Robbie, Anya Taylor-Joy (who should really do more comedies) & Rami Malek run away with the entire show. pic.twitter.com/BbUqR3JxjA
—Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) September 19, 2022
“Though it struggles to end in the final act, David O. Russell’s Amsterdam is a fun, wacky, sweet and intriguing ride. With a stellar ensemble cast (Beth Grant WTF!). BUT the movie loses interest as soon as Margot Robbie, Anya Taylor-Joy (who really should be doing more comedy) and Rami Malek – who eclipse everyone else – are off screen.” Courtney Howard- variety
David O. Russell’s AMSTERDAM is often very funny thanks to its fully committed, talented cast. But it falls FAR short of the screwball greats it attempts to emulate. However, it is a mildly entertaining reminder necessary that if we forget history, we are doomed to repeat it. pic.twitter.com/JUnhBj3TRy
— Dancin’ Dan @ #TIFF22 (@dancindanonfilm) September 19, 2022
“David O. Russell’s Amsterdam is often hilarious thanks to its engaging and talented cast. But it’s a far cry from the big goofy comedies it tries to emulate. However, it’s a mildly entertaining necessary reminder that if we forget history, we are doomed to repeat it.” Daniel Bayer- AwardsWatch
#Amsterdam is an enchanting mystery with a beautiful friendship at its center. The film explores an unsettling piece of US history that’s repeating itself right now, but it left me feeling optimistic that goodness will prevail.
Christian Bale is the actor of his generation. pic.twitter.com/VZGhTN00xR
—Brian Davids (@PickYourBrian) September 19, 2022
“Amsterdam is an enchanting mystery with a beautiful story of friendship at its center. The film explores a disturbing piece of US history that is repeating itself right now, but it left me optimistic that goodness will prevail. Christian Bale is truly the actor of his generation.” Brian Davids- The Hollywood Reporter
‘Amsterdam’ is prolly too earnest for most and it does get too heavyhanded in the end, but i dunno, I enjoyed the entertaining, whimsical tapestry of it all. Doesn’t hurt when your theme is brotherhood, fraternity, equality & has something to say about the fragile state of things pic.twitter.com/OzlWvM9I3i
—Rodrigo Perez (@YrOnlyHope) September 19, 2022
“Amsterdam is probably too serious for some and it gets too heavy at the end, but I don’t know, I enjoyed the entertaining and whimsical packaging of it all. It doesn’t hurt when your theme is brotherhood, equality and has something to say about the fragile state of things right now.” ROrigo Perez – The Playlist
AMSTERDAM: the funniest parts of this aggressively okay movie (I’d call this militant fineness “The Russell Touch” if not for, well,) are all metatextual and incidental — Taylor Swift getting [REDACTED] by a [REDACTED]Anya Taylor-Joy being a [REDACTED]
— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) September 19, 2022
“Amsterdam: The funniest parts of this decent, well-made movie (I’d call that militant finesse ‘The Russell Touch’ unless, short) are all metatextual and accidental – Taylor Swift gets [CENSURÉ] by a [CENSURÉ]Anya Taylor-Joy is a [CENSURÉ].” Charles Bramesco – The Guardian
In view of the first feedback, amsterdam seems far from being the director’s best film. It seems like David O. Russell got tripped up for his whodunit with strong comedy accents. If overall the movie seems well doneelaborated with care, both in terms of photography and in the staging of the filmmaker, the work would struggle to ship. Apparently too long for what it is, the interpretations, meanwhile, would be good at best, ridiculous at worst.
And in addition, amsterdam would boast of a discourse with a current malignant resonance. But what is it? Would the director inject his controversies into the discourse of his film where Margot Robbie, Christian Bale and John David Washington are wrongly accused in order to clear themselves, as the curious resonance between Polanski and his I accuse ? Who knows. But if you can’t wait to get it all cleared up, meet him. November 1, 2022 in French cinemas.