I’ve been mulling over this for a while now. I watched The Shape of Water and I was pretty underwhelmed. It’s a standard romantic drama. The only difference? It’s a literal monster she falls in love with. Other than that, there really is no difference to the formula. Don’t get me wrong, there are amazing performances throughout. Michael Shannon is simply wonderful and Sally Hawkins does a fantastic job of conveying so much without saying a word. But the movie itself is just okay. I don’t understand why it is getting so much hype. Guillermo del Toro has made amazing movies, but this one is just good. What am I not seeing?