I kept thinking of *Amelie, *myself! (Same director as Lost Children – well, kinda.)
I loved The Shape of Water – gorgeous to look at, great performances, and enough weirdness/plot twists to keep me hooked.
Some spoiler-y observations/opinions:
[spoiler]A strong undercurrent of leftish politics, as in Pan’s Labyrinth.
Interesting, well-rounded female characters with agency, which felt very “right” for December 2017.
Was very happy that Zelda took heroic action at key points. Octavia Spencer’s performance, and the screenplay, really took that character way deeper than the “POC maid/housekeeper/cleaner who talks shit” cliche.
Contra one comment above, I was glad they addressed the Asset’s sexual equipment semi-explicitly – I, for one, was wondering about it, given that we see his Barbie crotch quite a lot. It also felt like something Zelda and Eliza would naturally talk about. Just my opinion, though.
(On the topic of sex: how did people feel about the bathtub masturbation scenes? I started off saying “Whoah, TMI,” but I think it contributed to making Eliza more interesting/realistic. She has hidden depths, like a real person.)
The one subplot I got a bit bored with was the pie guy crush. I feel like it could have been done more deftly and quickly. The pie shop (and pie) looked great, though, like all the other sets/props.[/spoiler]