Nightmare Alley Review

by Joe Joe

Nightmare Alley Review

Almost perfect.

Nightmare Alley Review

Almost perfect.

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Finally, a magnificent film. It feels like it’s been quite a while. Maybe I haven’t been searching good enough since I’m picky these days as to what I watch. I was somewhat interested in this simply because of the setting, and it features one of my man-crushes, Bradley Cooper. This is, in my opinion, Guillermo Del Toro’s best movie he has ever done. Before this, I would say Blade 2 since I’m not a fan of his other work. He is very talented visually, but I usually think his movies are lacking in everything else. Nightmare Alley is almost perfect.

It’s a remake of a 1947 movie from a novel that I haven’t read or seen, nor have I heard of, which I’m glad since I don’t have to compare them. In 1940, Bradley Cooper portrays Stan Carlisle, a drifter with a mysterious past. He joins a traveling carnival and learns the tricks and trades. Zeena (Toni Collette) is a clairvoyant, and Pete (David Strathairn), who is retired, assists her and gives Stan the knowledge. Stan is a natural at it and falls in love with Molly (Rooney Mara), who has her own show with the carnival. They both eventually decide to leave to start their own independent venture. Now that’s just the first act. I won’t dare spoil the rest of it.

Earlier I mentioned that I’m not a Del Toro fan. I love Blade 2, like Mimic and Hellboy, meh on Hellboy 2, detest Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and The Shape of Water. I’ve never seen Pan’s Labyrinth, which is considered his best. Someday I will finally watch it. Del Toro always has an excellent visual eye, which reminds me of Tim Burton. Burton mainly has better movies, but I can confidently say that Del Toro is not a one-hit-wonder.

Everything in this movie is produced with the highest caliber in mind. I loved everything technical about it. The cinematography, direction, writing, sets, gore effects, costuming and acting. It is a little predictable, which I won’t fault the writing since it is based on an old property. You could probably guess what will happen if you pay close attention, which I was since I was so captivated by everything. For me, the film went the way I wanted it to, so I was fully satisfied by the end. And what an excellent ending it was.

The acting by everyone is exceptional. Bradley Cooper continues to show his dominance as a leading man. Toni Collette has always been awesome, and we get an outstanding supporting cast. Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe, David Stathairn, Ron Perlman, Richard Jenkins, and Mary Steenburgen are superb. Some parts are larger than others, but all are memorable.

Would I watch it again? Most certainly. I’ll own it on 4K. I can finally consider Del Toro a pretty accomplished filmmaker from this film. Usually, I thought he was overrated, and I still think The Shape of Water is a garbage film. I probably won’t roll my eyes anymore when people say how much they love Del Toro. I get it now.

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9
GREAT

Good

  • AMAZING CAST
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • COSTUMES

Bad

  • PREDICTABLE
NIGHTMARE
9
GREAT

Good

  • AMAZING CAST
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • COSTUMES

Bad

  • PREDICTABLE
NIGHTMARE
9
GREAT

Good

  • AMAZING CAST
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • COSTUMES

Bad

  • PREDICTABLE