Masterful blend of genres -- two parts cold war era monster flick, two parts whimsical romance, with a dash of magical realism thrown into the mix -- beautifully styled. Loved the cinematic world del Toro created here.
Beautiful and gripping-- the movie captures both the haphazard cruelty and transcendent joy of childhood, where lifelong friendships can be forged and unmade in a matter of weeks. The film hinges on the performances of its young cast but is also grounded by the brilliance of Bria Vinaite in an incredibly difficult role, and Willem Defoe as the steadfast hotel manager.
One of the best films of 2017.
Thoroughly enjoyable flick-- one need not have seen "The Room" to fall in love with these hapless characters and their story of commitment to one another. A "bro-mance" that actually reveals the complicated nature of true friendship and the demands inherent in devoting oneself to a dream that few understand.