What a wonderful gothic fairytale. It’s really hard to not feel for these characters. At a time when people were separated because of the colour of their skin, it’s not hard to see how their love would be forbidden.
Weaving in the space race and an unknown creature that the villain would rather subdue than understand and you have a perfect cinematic treat.
The colours, tone and acting all scream sincerity and pull the audience into a world of awe and wonder.
David Hewitt, Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Sheen are welcome additions to this beautiful homage to the Creature of the Black Lagoon.
It is, however, Doug Jones as the Asset who steals the show, and the lovely Sally Hawkins’ heart. The frequent Del Torro collaborator has such a distinctive form and elegance that he can emote so much without saying a word.
There’s a gruesome edge to the film that I just couldn’t quite get on board with. It left me queasy and pulled me out of the softness the romance was conveying.
I found some parts unnecessarily crude. Perhaps I’m a prude, but it just took away a little bit of its charm.