The shape of water review


Started off seeming very similar to Amelie (The use of a french accordion sealed that). Amelie meets the creature from the black lagoon perhaps. The pace did pick up a bit towards the middle. It is clear why this was an Oscar favourite because it very much visually appealed to the Academy. It was a  classic to the extent that it bordered on being cliché in many ways. 

Perhaps this is not really my style but I really felt I needed more back story development, a bit more adventure and discovery such as how they found the creature.  It felt like a series collages that neatly fitted together in an almost customised way. It did seem a little bit predictable but still sweet in a way. Some of the stereotypes seemed a bit over the top and lacked subtlety but perhaps that was the exact point. 

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