This is one of the most visually dazzling films you'll ever see. The magic and mystery and invention of the visual effects and the creatures in this are unbelievable. And one of the most remarkable aspects of this is that so much of that is simply owed to the work of "body actor" Doug Jones as various characters. The combination of special effects with Jones's movements as the strange and evil monster the Pale Man, with eyes in the palms of his hands--it's ice-cold chilling. The fascist real-world aspect to the story is a bit of a downer, but that is what gives the movie its meaning. I'm not sure what that meaning is, because the only way the ending can be seen as happy is if we see the movie's fantasy as another reality, concrete and breathing. But the movie's depth comes from the contrast between reality and fantasy.