Finally got to see a movie some friends thought should have not only been nominated for an Oscar for best picture, but should have won it.
I don’t think so!
Is it beautiful filmmaking? Yes.
Is he a good story teller. I’ll say.
Are the images and fantasy creatures as original as the critics claimed? Not really. Just clever variations on what we’ve seen before.
Was the young girl, the movie centers around, compellingly brilliant in her acting? Absolutely. Was anyone else? Mmmm, maybe a couple of them, a little, but…not really.
Is it obvious this guy is a comic books, or graphic novel, fantasy freak? I mean the director/writer Guillermo del Torro. Man is it ever.
Is that a bad thing? Not for the imagery, or even for the story for that matter, but, for an understanding of what drama can do? Way too comic-book lurid and extreme, including the melodramatic payoff.
It left me pissed off at the attempt to manipulate my feelings through inducing sympathy for the innocent victims, and than victimizing them further as my reward for sitting through the whole thing.
Thanks, but no thanks. Next time I’ll just skim the comic book.