Well, you can probably guess how this intro blurb is going to go.
I can’t help it. Guillermo del Toro’s movies speak to me. His grasp on the language of cinema is such that his movies always hit me right in my brain-spot. (Tangential truth: I pity people who don’t vibe with his work. They’re missing out.) So when I tell you that The Shape of Water is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year, and one of the best movies del Toro has ever made, know that you’re hearing this from a del Toro partisan, and also that my partisanship should in no way alter the way you engage with the film if you so choose to see it. (Which, hey: You should. Yes, it’s a movie about interspecies romance, but trust me: It works.)
If you need any convincing, let the amazing words I wrote about it for Paste Magazine do the job.