CONFUSED cinemagoers have criticised American Hustle for its ambiguous historical context.
They claim the Oscar-nominated movie, which features a character wearing an open-chested white suit with a gold medallion visiting a disco, has no clear affiliation to any time period.
Father-of-two Wayne Hayes said: “I couldn’t concentrate on the scene where Christian Bale, with groovy collar-length hair over his wide-lapelled velvet jacket, was berating Jimmy Carter’s inflation policies.
“Why? Because all I could think was ‘Is this the 90s? Or the noughties, or the 80s?’
“I’m prepared to expend some mental energy on a film, but not this much.”
Carolyn Ryan of Congleton agreed: It didnt have a Rubiks Cube in, so it probably wasnt the 80s.
I thought the soundtrack might help me pinpoint the era, but I couldnt find any correlation between tracks by the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Wings, and David Bowie. Who could?
Film critic Julian Cook said: Christ, its perfectly obvious that its set in the 1970s. Theres even a caption at the beginning saying its 1978.
So now we know when its set. But I still havent worked out where.