I loved the opening scenes, especially those of Christian Bales comb over composition.
Bale is excellent throughout as it Amy Adams, however it is the scenes with Jennifer Lawrence that are laugh out loud as the trailer trash, common, scheming wife.
Bradley Cooper was suitably annoying and the secret of THAT hair is revealed about halfway through.
The sense of time and place are great and it is comparable with Good Fellas for that.
Some may not enjoy the lack of action but it is the performances that drive this film and based on that it is superb.