Review: Nightmare Alley
Stan (Bradley Cooper) is a drifter who ends up getting a job as a carny under Clem. (Willem DaFoe) His ambitions eventually take him even further, but when he meets Doctor Ritter (Cate Blanchett) his deceptions are going to run deeper than they ever have before.
If this film's hefty 2 and a half hour run time is putting you off, don't worry. This film feels shockingly short. It covers a lot of ground but it went by a lot faster than I expected it to. I know this is a remake of a 1947 film, but I can't say that I ever saw it. In fact, I didn't even read about it. I saw it based on the trailer alone, which doesn't give you a whole lot of what's going on. I loved that.
This film is gorgeous. The cinematography, the sets, the costumes. The only film I've found as pretty this year is Spencer. While that film was light and airy, this is dark and filled with lots of reds and jewel tones. It's fitting for a movie about someone obsessed with power and money. Stan love all of that, and he's not above getting his hands dirty.
There are so many amazing actors in this, I couldn't possibly list them. Every time we met a new person, it was someone I recognized and loved. Ones like Toni Collette and David Strathairn are only with us briefly, but others like Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett spend more time with us and soar. Bradley Cooper is the MVP. He gives another great performance.
I think at times the story did get a bit muddy. I don't want to go as far as calling it confusing, but I felt like some significant chunks maybe got lost in editing somewhere, but it didn't diminish the experience too much.
Memorable Quote: "I don't know what you need, but it isn't me." - Molly (Rooney Mara)