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wondering why in the world did I waste my time?!?!?! Spencer proved to be a head scratcher for me... If you are interested in watching Kristen Stewart emote for 2 hours with interjected scenes of bathroom bulimia you might find the movie interesting.... They should have fired the director after the first few "rushes" were viewed... Nightmare Alley by Guillermo Del Toro proved to be more problematic... Certainly a beautiful film to look at, it plodded along barely holding my interest but I just could not give up on it. The man certainly knows how to set a mood in a film. Again, I felt the story was lacking interest and I just didn't care about the characters in spite of the film having some heavy-hitter talent in it.... YMMV....
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Is one I am going to avoid very intentionally since the original is one of my favorites. It almost never pans out well. I made the mistake of watching the remake of The Manchurian Candidate! Sure, the directors claim they aren't making a remake, but that excuse doesn't help.
Del Toro knows how to tell a story!
Whether one likes the story is viewer's choice.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
The book is one of my favorite old noirs and I've read it twice. A movie can simply not contain the richness of the book.
And I like the old 1947 movie. It makes some decent choices in boiling down the book, but it also constrained by the restrictions of its time. I think Del Toro did a really good modern version, which is sort of a mixture of the original book and previous movie.
Is it perfect? Not for me, no. But there are many good aspects. The visual element is done with a marvelous eye and an attention to detail (the credits note a structural expert for the carnival rides). There are lots of little carny details pulled from the reality of these old shows. It's atmospheric, and the fancy mansions, supper clubs, and hotels of Buffalo are equally well done.
The actors pretty much nail their roles.
My issues have to do with some of the alterations that have been made to fit a book into a movie. Something very cinematic (an encounter in a nightclub) is a new addition, it rings false to me. Some of the story arc is missing. In general, I would have made some different choices. But it flows as a story relatively clearly. I think it's just as good as the first movie, maybe even better.
..with the director and an actor promoting the new film and he was really surprised that they never mentioned the original. I told him that was probably intentional. Why would they want to promote something likely better in comparison? Lol
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