Watched it tonight, and was really engaged the whole time. I have not read the book nor watched a trailer. I loved the old Carnivale show on HBO (2 seasons), and my only preconception is that I am fascinated of the setting/era (the dust bowl).
Cate Blanchet is not from this earth, I did not know that “geek” shows were a thing. Toni Colette was impressive, wonderful. I did not know where it was going, but Stanton’s arc was pretty interesting to me. And maybe it was not an actual arc, because he was corrupted from the start, but we did not know that.
Maybe I don’t have such a high movie standard, but this was the second time that QT3 failed me. I liked this a lot and Don’t look up, too. Guys, I almost missed them. I watched a lot of shitty movies in my life, but Nightmare alley wasn’t one of them.
It felt a bit like a Cohen brothers movie, where the main character is bad and gets worse. And this Stanton guy, he’s like having a deep hole in his heart/mind (as Molly said), where does it come from? I am not sure I want to read the book, it could be a drag …