Hot Take: Guillermo del Toro is a visionary and Sally Hawkins is brilliant but there’s just something that keeps The Shape of Water from being great.
Currently, I rank The Shape of Water as the 16th best film of 2017. While that is nothing to sneeze at, The Shape of Water is expected to be nominated for Best Picture and some think it should win. It’s hard for me to get behind the notion. While The Shape of Water has a ton going for it, there’s something about it that just doesn’t quite make it feel worthy of such accolades. Sure, Guillermo del Toro is a brilliant director with amazing imagery but we’ve seen Beauty and the Beast before so the story at its core isn’t too fascinating. Even with a renewed mistrust of Russia thanks to recent political events, the added twist of a covert U.S. operation surrounding torturing an exotic find in a South American river during the Cold War in a Baltimore government facility just doesn’t, pardon the pun, completely hold water. It’s what you come to expect from del Toro who does dark fantasy so well but when thinking about it in terms of Oscar, it feels like it comes up just a bit short.Read More →