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The Shape of Water Blu-ray Review
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The Shape of Water is del Toro’s most sure-handed film and his most assured direction. He demonstrates a delighting command of story, characters, and period details. The unfolding of his ‘Beauty and the Beast’ story is flawlessly explored. The film earns its R rating, which itself is something of a surprise. In a world where studios push for as wide an audience and market as possible, aiming for the coveted PG-13 rating. So the spurning of toning things down here is most welcome and it pays off.

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Unusual film, but I ended up enjoying it. Definitely thought provoking and the performances are excellent.

Neil, one thing I found interesting were all the references to Fox musicals of the 40s, Betty Grable, Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda. Did del Toro discuss this at all?
 

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Unusual film, but I ended up enjoying it. Definitely thought provoking and the performances are excellent.

Neil, one thing I found interesting were all the references to Fox musicals of the 40s, Betty Grable, Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda. Did del Toro discuss this at all?

Joel - there’s a very brief comment in the Dance sequence feature, but nothing beyond that, sadly.
 

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