Carl has obviously seen more newer movies than I have, since I have never seen any of Cooper's and Mara's work to compare this too, whereas I'm still trying to catch up with my collection of old b/w films and the plentiful amount of Euro crime that is on Prime and Netflix. I also think I've only seen Blanchett in one film by Woody Allen, where I thought she was damn fine. Yes,I would have loved to have seen Di Caprio play Stan. He’s probably the best American actor of his generation. Apparently there were some discussions about that in the planning of the film but they never came to pass.
Like the 1947 film , this version, no matter about any quibbles about the Del Toro/Morgan writing tandem, was destined to be a bust. Audiences then, and even more so today, imo, want to be “entertained”, and watching an all American heel’s downward slide into utter degradation isn’t considered by most as being “entertainment”. Because Del Toro was an Academy Award winner, Fox Searchlight dropped a whopping $60 million that they must have realized they would never recoup. Del Toro seems to be fond of a mediocrity like Too Late For Tears. I’m just glad we didn’t have a reprise of Liz Scott. Blanchett would probably have played that role too.