Movie Nightmare Alley: When a person believes his lies completely blind to the truth, his conviction increases that what he believes is true and is unquestionable, so he lies more and makes that lie big and simple and repeats it and makes it easier for everyone from their minds to believe in the end, and worse than that, he does not realize the extent of the predicament that he faces. It is possible that he will fall himself out of it later, and the consequences may be dire, as a result of which he invents twenty lies and lies in order to escape the inferno of the consequences of that, but the lie has a short rope and soon it will be revealed and the two-faced person falls victim to the harvest of his twisted deeds.
Human evils reflected by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, who is fond of fairy tales and horror, and witnessed his career full of works of this quality, but this time, Del Toro presents himself this time in a revival of the 1947 movie Nightmare Alley belonging to the category of thriller and suspense and “Film Noir.” This classic genre has an atmosphere of drama, crime, and the dark motives of the majority of the characters.
A cinematic work in which Del Toro excels in using his directing tools with a passion for cinema as usual, but perhaps that creativity did not extend to the script for the work, which needed more discipline in his narrative language to avoid the flaws that we will talk about in the details of this detailed review For the movie Nightmare Alley.
Nightmare Alley revolves around “Stanton Carlsley”, who goes to a mobile carnival, during which he manages to gain the necessary knowledge that enabled him to become a master at deception and fraud on the upper classes, and is assisted by a charming doctor and a psychiatrist.
“Guillermo del Toro” divides the work into two equal halves, through which we trace the journey of the rise of the character of “Stan” from the beginning to reaching that great position among a certain segment of people, including the difficult challenges he faced at the same time, and “Del Toro” managed with “Kim Morgen” “Constructing events in an ascending manner as if they are steps of a ladder that ascends the viewer to the decisive end through which we learn about the character’s fate and what will result from it as a result of its actions and decisions taken.
This positive element is offset by a major imbalance in the general rhythm of the film, especially in the second half of it, as there seemed to be a lot of slowness and calmness in the most important chapter of the story after the preparation was carefully and in great detail in the events for the character of “Stan” and the pillar on which he relied to be what he is later, did not The film only wakes up in the last quarter of an hour, after nearly an hour has passed, and the conversational language has prevailed over the nature of the events themselves, and the loss of attention to detail has become very lukewarm.
On the other hand, Del Toro compensates for this failure to inherit the general idea of working in two ways, whether directly on the lips of the characters or through the situations we are exposed to through the character of “Stan” and his actions based on lying and deceiving others, in general, no one knows whether he will obtain a scenario “Guillermo del Toro” and “Kim Morgan” are nominated in the next Oscar or not, and we are close to announcing the nominations later, then there will be a definitive answer to this question.
Directly, “Del Toro” still adopts practical effects without using modern technology and effects in providing visual compositions modified with the latest methods and new technologies, in addition to careful choices of decorations and clothes that fit the time period of events, as well as choosing colors and their different degrees and close photographic frames that easily emerge impressions Personalities and their emotional states, whether alone or in their interactions with each other.
The film is characterized by a representative team at the highest level and with great degrees of talent and mastery of embodiment, the best of them, headed by the hero of the work, the star “Bradley Cooper”, the calm and able to deal with the characters he presents very seriously and highlighting the moments of emotion, love, malice and cunning between them, and the star The great “Cate Blanchett” who excels for the second time in the roles of evil with a perfect mastery of the suspicious expressions enjoyed by the character of Doctor “Lith”, as well as the beautiful star “Rooney Mara”, who formed a good duet with “Cooper” in certain moments, whether romantic or dramatic.
In conclusion, Nightmare Alley may not be one of the best works in 2021, but unlike Guillermo del Toro’s latest work, The Shape of Water, there is a strong interest in presenting a good cinematic idea that does not carry any political agenda or factors from those set by the Academy It has specific criteria for Oscar nominations, and causes cinematic versions to win that may not deserve to be crowned the most important award in the film industry at all.