Here are my fresh, just got out of the cinema, opinions on “The Shape of Water”…
Firstly, it’s a fine film. I’d go as far as to say it’s good. It’s not great and it’s certainly not one of 2017’s best. In fact, if anything, it’s been overrated by critics as it has some serious pacing issues and, at times, wanders into being a bit silly.
While the central romance is tender and beautiful, it felt rushed. Elisa fell in love with the “monster” too quickly, in my eyes. There needed to be more focus on the two of them. Once the romance is established, however, Del Toro paints a masterful picture. It really is enchanting. I wasn’t sure an inter species relationship would work for me but it did, one hundred percent.
My biggest qualm? The one thing that made me actually ANGRY at the film? I called the ending in the very first scene. It’s so painfully obvious what’s going to happen. It’s fucking embarrassing. I don’t know why anyone working on the film wouldnchoose to be thag unsubtle.
All in all, a solid film. Don’t rush to the cinema to see it, by all means, but DO see it. It’s worth it.