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“The Shape of Water” Review: An Alien Fairytale

Last weekend I went to see Guillermo del Toro’s new film, The Shape of Water. I didn’t know what to expect going into it. Trailers made it look like a slightly spooky story — perhaps a conspiracy tale? — about a mysterious alien creature. That is the basis of the movie, but what the trailers failed to capture is the film’s whimsical tone, romantic characters, and earnest lessons. (Minor spoilers to follow!)

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