Be prepared for a romance unlike anything else in ‘Shape of Water’

By MARK VIOLA

Director Guillermo del Toro is one of the most unique and visually-compelling storytellers working today. He has found success both in mainstream works, such as the “Hellboy” films and “Pacific Rim,” as well as smaller projects like “Pan’s Labyrinth,” one of the best films of last 15 years.

Although his last movie, “Crimson Peak,” didn’t work the way I’m sure he wanted it to, he has bounced back with his latest film, “The Shape of Water,” a fascinating romance in the unlikeliest of situations. It is extremely odd and will likely be off-putting to some moviegoers, but it delivers such wonderfully realized characters and a truly emotional story that it is not only one of 2017’s most original films, it is also one of the most unique movies I’ve ever seen.

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