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Nightmare Alley (2022) - Review

Take a Look at Yourself, Sinner. 4 / 5

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

Nightmare Alley is Guillermo del Toro's follow up to the Oscar-winning Shape of Water - he channels his gothic personality to adapt this twisted story that is filled with grime and glamour.

Bradley Cooper leads a large ensemble cast as he runs away from his past life to join the circus becoming a carny. As he learns the art of cold reading, the power it holds over others begins to slowly corrupt his soul in a fiery tale of greed and deception.

The slow burn really works immersing you in its haunting atmosphere over its lengthy runtime. The cast all get their chance to chew on the beautifully designed and detailed scenery but Cooper stands out as a monster of a man - the final scene, in particular, will stay with me for a while.

This noir drama is a fascinating look into corruption that has a devilish undercurrent that Del Toro is the master of creating.

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