Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Is One of His Best Films Because It’s His Most Conventional — Opinion

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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Is One of His Best Films Because It’s His Most Conventional — Opinion
Guillermo del Toro loves fairy tales. That’s been clear to moviegoers the world over since “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which took the Mexican auteur to new levels of international acclaim, and it’s brought into sharper relief than ever before by “The Shape of Water.” Its narrative, about a mute woman who falls in love with a fish-like creature at a research facility during the height of the Cold War, is both out-there and familiar — a description that applies to del Toro’s work in general.

Like all the best fairy tales, there’s a reservoir of darkness just beneath the surface of his latest; also like them, it’s a strange story told in a straightforward manner. Call it the shape of del Toro.

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