It did not feel forced or contrived at all. I was happy to know nothing going in except it was about a girl and it had gotten some praise. Without hype or a pre-concept of what I felt it should be, I was at liberty to just enjoy what was. Highly cinematic - gorgeous, about a world very unfamiliar to me and so easy to get swept up by and lost to. Incorporation of myth was unexpected and delightful, the acting too!