Guillermo Del Toro ranks among my favorite directors, though what I have seen–which is exclusively the trailer–of The Shape of Water left me underwhelmed.
Color palette-wise it feels a lot like Blade II, while story-wise and visually it feels like The Further Adventures of Abe Sapien (though part of me hopes the movie is a backdoor way for Del Toro to delve deeper into the worlds of H.P Lovecraft).
In other words, despite never having seen the movie, I feel like I have, which is never a good thing.
Now, Del Toro directing a remake of 1966’s Fantastic Voyage? Now that I’m interested in!
By the way, this is how you do remakes! Most people don’t even remember the original–though there also was a cartoon based on it two years later, never mind the novel–so it’s going to be new to most, which should give the producers room to veer from the source material if necessary.
Though there’s a fly in the soup, namely David Goyer, who’s writing (though to be fair Goyer also wrote Blade II and Del Toro was apparently able to reign in his hackier tendencies, so hope springs eternal).
By the way, Guru!? Notice how everyone on the team has an actual name, while the Indian character doesn’t (A guru is ‘a religious teacher and spiritual guide in Hinduism…’).
That’s like naming someone ‘teacher’ or ‘bar keep.’ And I won’t even start on the ‘master of mysterious powers’ malarkey.