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Nightmare Alley (2021) – English Review

A man learns how to con desperate people, but then he meets a psychologist who’s smarter than he is.

In this movie, we follow the protagonist who starts working at a carnival, and there he meets a man who pretends to be clairvoyant. He learns some things from him which he uses to become successful. But then he meets a psychologist who’s smarter than he is, and she has her own agenda.

I wasn’t a big fan of Guillermo del Toro’s previous movie, The Shape of Water. In my opinion, that movie was terrible. So I hoped he would be on the right track again with Nightmare Alley. But no, this is another boring movie, and I don’t understand what has happened to this director.

This is a long and boring movie with boring characters you don’t care about. The universe is cold, and there’s not much going on here except for the mind games. And the mind games are so simple, and there’s no magic to be found here. It’s an emotionless movie with a runtime of 150 minutes.

To be honest, I don’t have too much to say about this movie. The movie has some excellent actors, but the script is so gray and cold. Where is the movie magic that Guillermo del Toro is known for? Why has he become such a boring director? And why is Cate Blanchett so stiff and unnatural in her role? She’s awful in Nightmare Alley. She’s creepy as hell with her makeup, and my nipples shrunk when she tried to be sexy in some scenes. I still can’t find them! Damn you, unsexy Cate Blanchett!

Nightmare Alley is like a boring version of The Prestige. It’s like a black sheep of the family that never reaches a climax. The magic isn’t present here. Don’t waste your time on this movie, just go to bed and take a good nap instead.

Rating: 3/10

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