Release Date: December 22, 2017
I’m not sure where to begin. When this movie was announced I was interested because Guillermo del Toro was directing, but I found it weird he was doing another movie with a humanoid fish guy. When I found out it was a romance between that fish guy and a woman I passed as I don’t like romances in general. Once it won Best Picture I figured maybe I was wrong and it was worth the watch. It wasn’t.
Let me start by saying it was an absolutely beautiful movie. The set design was top notch in everything from the facility to the dinner to the apartments. It wasn’t only the production design, it was the cinematography and the costumes as well. Even the creature design was cool. Everything visual in the movie was wonderful. The acting was solid all around also. I can see why Richard Jenkins was nominated for an Oscar. The others were good as well and I can’t really argue against the Oscar nominations for Octavia Spencer and Sally Hawkins, but I wouldn’t have nominated them, particularly Octavia.
So, we have a beautiful movie with a great cast giving good-great performances, where did things go wrong? The story. I can handle surreal and I can handle metaphor, but this was just plain stupid, boring, and predictable. I was constantly asking myself “Why?” I could go on here about all the stupid decisions the screenwriters took and how it seemed like they were far more interested in fish-man sex than telling a solid story, but I’ll just leave it at it was terrible. The movie is pretty much a schlocky B-movie with a big budget and wonderful visuals. My rating is only as high as it is because of the visuals and cast performances.