Amsterdam review: “A historical dramedy with a big, bruised heart”

“A lot of this really happened” flashes up at the start of Amsterdam, David O. Russell’s first feature since the underrated Joy (2015). But such is the crazed nature of the enormous events that follow, and the screwy manner in which Russell presents them, you suspect he’s pulling a Fargo and telling a playful porky.

This fact/fiction tale begins in New York in 1933, with Great War veteran Burt Berendsen (Christian Bale) practising experimental medicine to aid his fellow vets. His old war pal Harold Woodman (John David Washington), now an attorney, turns up with news that General Bill Meekins (Ed Begley Jr.) is dead. Their former leader was murdered, suspects the General’s daughter, Liz (Taylor Swift), and the trio set about pilfering the corpse to perform an autopsy.

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