Nick Schager Reviews The Last Circus

The Last Circus

A grotesque parable of Franco-era tyranny and opposition, The Last Circus proves a more demented, if also uneven, companion piece to Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. Álex de la Iglesia’s delirious carnival ride opens in Civil War-wracked 1937 Spain at a local circus, where a children’s performance is interrupted by warfare into which a happy clown (Santiago Segura) is recruited, forced to wield a machete while decked out in a woman’s dress and long flowing blond locks.

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