I feel unqualified to offer a proper review for this gorgeous, exuberant, confounding film. At a certain point it all stops making logical sense, but it is in letting go and embracing the movie's dream logic, even seeing the movie itself as a dream in some sense, that a viewer can get the most out of it. That's all I got.
The Big Combo is a stylish crime film with an appropriately twistng plot and a cast of (mostly) compelling characters. While the lead character, portrayed by Cornell Wild, can be a touch bland, we're treated to a great scenery-chewing turn from Richard Conte as the villainous Mr. Brown. A pair of (gay?) henchmen, a nightclub singer and an antique store dealer with a secret are all welcome and colorful additions
As far as negatives (other than a dull lead), the…