Christian Bale is one of Hollywood’s most revered actors today, having roles in highly regarded films such as “American Psycho”, “The Machinist”, “The Prestige” and Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy.
However, not every film manages to be a big success, as its new production alongside several well-known names, such as Margot Robbie, John David Washington and Robert DeNiro is receiving numerous bad reviews.
O site Rotten Tomatoes gave Christian Bale’s “Amsterdam” only 20% acceptance in their first reviews of the film.
“Amsterdam” is the new film by director David O. Russell and it is already the third time that he has worked with Christian Bale after two critical successes: in 2010, with “The Fighter”, where he also had the star Mark Wahlberg and earned a critical score of 91%, and 2013’s “American Hustle,” which starred Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, scored 92% from critics.
The current film marks only the second time in his entire career that he has not earned a legal rating. The other was “Accidental Love”, from 2015. Russell has five films that passed the 90% of the critics, where three of them were consecutive, from 2010 to 2013, with “The Fighter”, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”.
The film follows the three friends who are played by Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington in the 1930s as they try to clear their names after being framed for a murder. As they travel through Amsterdam, they uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.
“Amsterdam” is the second of three films released in 2022 by Christian Bale, including the main villain, “Gorr, the Butcher of the Gods”, from the movie “Thor: Love and Thunder” and “The Pale Blue Eye”, which chronicles the story of a young man, Edgar Allan Poe.
This will be John David Washington’s first appearance since the Netflix movie “Beckett”, which saw John as the main character being a tourist embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy and having to flee for his life. He is best known for his roles in “BlacKkKlansman”, “Baller” and Christopher Nolan’s film “Tenet”.
Bale’s “Amsterdam” is marking John’s third sequel project that failed to reach the Rotten Tomatoes-certified mark, the previous two films being “Malcolm & Marie” and “Beckett.”
The production had everything to be a box office success, with a director well known for his previous successes and a cast full of good stars, including some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
While critics seem to feel that the story was a bit pointless and the film doesn’t seem to know which way to go, they had everything to have achieved guaranteed success. Now, it remains for us to keep watching to see if fans will bring him back from the depths of ratings failure, disagreeing with critics.