Magical Realism That Drowns Us in Dark Beauty Then Resurrects Us


To quote an article in The Guardian, “Not everybody likes award-winning movies.” Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water won four Oscars: best picture, best director, best original score, and best production design, but some critics called it pedantic, shallow, unoriginal, and manipulative. It is no surprise that a film that plunges into stark contrasts is also eliciting polarized reviews. Controversy seems to badger great works. The novel of the same title, co-authored by del Toro and Daniel Kraus, hasn’t won nearly the same acclaim as the film. But here’s why I’m happy … Continue reading