The too-muchness of Nightmare Alley

Guillermo del Toro's latest is excessive. That's not always a bad thing.

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When it comes to the geek gods of modern filmmaking, you'd be hard-pressed to name anyone more infectiously fanatical about their source material than Peter Jackson or Guillermo del Toro.

Naturally, the pair have had their share of overlap over the years: Del Toro was even once slated to make a Jackson-produced adaptation of The Hobbit, only to exit and endorse Jackson to direct it in his stead. "Me, like any other geek, I really want to see Peter do the movie," del Toro told MTV, only to later get his wish. Del Toro, meanwhile, went on to win an Oscar for directing The Shape of Water instead.

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