Question: Isn't this film blatantly derivative of Guillermo del Toro's earlier films, "HellBoy" and "HellBoy: The Golden Army"? It seems to me that the Asset in "The Shape of Water" is a direct knock-off Abe Sapien from the Hellboy films. The amphibious Asset is held at a top secret facility, as was Abe Sapien; the Asset is fed hard-boiled eggs, as was Abe Sapien; the Asset develops a love interest and romantic relationship with a female air-breather, as did Abe Sapien. To top it off, del Toro called in contortionist-actor Doug Jones to play the Asset in "The Shape of Water" (Doug Jones also played Abe Sapien in the HellBoy films). "Shape of Water" could almost be a spin-off the old HellBoy films, given Guillermo del Toro's involvement and recycling of familiar themes.Charles Austin Miller
Trivia: Director Guillermo del Toro considers the film to be one of his most personal works, alongside "The Devil's Backbone" and "Pan's Labyrinth." In fact, he has stated that the film was so personal to him, if it had flopped, he was considering retiring from filmmaking altogether to focus on smaller projects. The film, which cost less than $20 million, has grossed nearly $200 million, making it a massive hit in comparison to its relatively tiny budget.
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